Ashwin reveals why he left Kings XI Punjab
India’s renowned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the main reason behind his trade from Kings XI Punjab to Delhi Capitals for this year’s edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ashwin said that his intention was to strengthen Delhi’s bowling as the bowling of Delhi had been weak at some stage last year for which they eliminated from the playoff stage. He also expressed his curiosity to play with some new young Indian sensation- Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw.
Speaking on Delhi Capital’s official Instagram handle during a live session, Ashwin said,
“I was coming to a franchise which had qualified for the playoffs last season, and had some very exciting players including Rishabh (Pant) and Prithvi (Shaw). I thought I could use my experience for the franchise and improve the team further. If I could help in strengthening the bowling, we could be the front runners for the title, I came with that intention.”
Ashwin who is currently out of the Indian limited-overs set-up is making use of the chance in Test cricket and domestic cricket. He led KXIP for two seasons hadn’t found much success with the team, accumulating only poor results with nothing much to show for.
In the past, he had played for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant (now defunct franchise), Kings XI Punjab.