IPL 2021: PPKS sets dubious record after failing to qualify for playoffs again this season

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IPL 2021: PPKS sets dubious record after failing to qualify for playoffs again this season

IPL 2021: Punjab Kings finish sixth in the points table with six wins in 14 matches.© BCCI / IPL

The Rahul-led Punjab Kings (PPKS) finished sixth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 points table and failed to qualify for the playoffs again. The failed campaign this season led to their dubious achievement, which the owner wants to quickly forget. The PPKS (formerly Kings XI Punjab) Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) record has failed in the playoffs for the past six seasons. This year, PPKS extended that record to seven consecutive seasons as six wins in 14 games could only earn them sixth place in the league stage.

PPKS finished second in the 2014 IPL season but could not make it to the last four after that. They also finished as semi-finalists in the inaugural IPL season of 2008.

After 2008, the dry run for PBKS was extended to five seasons before reaching the final in 2014. However, since then, PBKS has again been frustrated by bad publicity.

The Delhi Capitals endured a similar run from 2013 to 2018, where they failed to capture the top four spots. However, they roared again with fantastic performances in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, ending in third and second place respectively.

Three teams, DC, PPKS and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), have yet to win the tournament. But both DC and RCB could switch to qualifying for the playoffs this year.

DC topped the table with 10 wins and RCB, led by Virat Kohli, finished with 9 wins in 14 games this season.

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