Indian international spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to be appointed the captain of the Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 IPL season.
If reports are to be believed, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is all set to take over the captaincy of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the upcoming Indian Premier League season.
“In all probability, Ashwin will lead the Kings XI Punjab team. However, a final decision will be made only after Virender Sehwag (team director and mentor) returns from Switzerland,” a Kings XI Punjab source was quoted recently.
Ashwin was bought by the Kings XI for Rs. 7.6 crore in the big auction which took place in Bengaluru on 27 and 28 January.
He was a crucial part of the Chennai Super Kings franchise until 2014 and was then a part of the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise for 2015 season after CSK were banned and missed out of presence for the 2016 season due to a sports a hernia.
A lot of people expected Ashwin being the local Chennai lad to be retained by CSK for the upcoming season, but the team management decided to retain Ravindra Jadeja instead.
Ashwin said that he was slightly upset with the fact that he will not be playing for CSK in 2018, but is looking forward to playing with the Kings XI.
He also opened up his desire to captain an IPL side.
“As of now, nothing has been spoken about regarding captaincy. I have done well for TN in the past as skipper. I haven”t led TN in the T20 format. I”m someone who will not let things run away. If at all given an opportunity, I will try to give my best,” he was quoted as saying ahead of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai recently.
Ashwin has always come across as someone with a shrewd cricketing brain and if given an opportunity to lead the side will leave no stone unturned in ensuring Kings XI Punjab put their best foot forward towards the maiden title.