Ravichandran Ashwin was on Monday named captain of Kings XI Punjab for the forthcoming Indian Premier league.
Ashwin, who played with Chennai Super Kings from 2009 to 2015 and for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017, was bought by KXIP for Rs 7.60 crore in the player auction in January.
“Ashwin is a master strategist and keen reader of the game and will undoubtedly bring his vast array of experience into play while leading the Kings. He is no stranger to VIVO IPL glory either. He has been a part of the IPL winning team twice in the past, and this season he will be hungrier than ever to add a third title to that list,” KXIP said in a media release on Monday.
“With a number of explosive players such as Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and Aaron Finch in the side, it will take someone with the calm composure of Ashwin to be able to make tough decisions when the chips are down. He is no mug with the bat either. He has been seen contributing valuable runs to the team’s cause while playing for India and will certainly do the same for Kings XI.”
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 26, 2018
The Tamil Nadu off-spinner will have a mammoth task at hand to turn around KXIP’s fortune in the IPL now.
Kings XI have entered the knockout stage just twice before in 2008 (semi-finalist) and 2014 (runners-up).
But with Ashwin on board as captain, the franchise and the players will be hoping for a fresh start when the IPL begins on April 7.
Ashwin’s teammates are also excited with the news of him taking over as the skipper and took to Twitter to express their feelings.