Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the most astute cricket brains going around and anyone who listens to him speak about the game would vouch for that. The fastest Test bowler to 350 wickets, Ashwin has recently found himself out of the limited overs team and he knows that a brilliant performance in the IPL can well and truly put him back into contention.
Ashwin who was the captain of the Kings 11 Punjab for the past couple of years after he was purchased for a hefty sum of 7.6 crores in the auction, was traded to the Delhi Capitals just before this year’s auctions. This move came after Kings 11 Punjab failed to make it to the playoffs for two consecutive years. This made the Punjab franchise take the harsh decision of removing Virender Sehwag as coach and roping in Anil Kumble and going with KL Rahul as the skipper.
Ashwin was traded with left arm spinner Jagadeesh Suchith and was admittedly quite excited, going into a young team that made the playoffs last season. In fact, both the Punjab management and Ashwin have maintained that there’s no bad blood between both the parties. “I was coming to a franchise which had qualified for the playoffs last season and has 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,” he observed.