Ravichandran Ashwin joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals from Kings XI Punjab in a trade deal that saw the latter getting ₹1.5 crores and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith.
Under Ashwin’s captaincy, KXIP played well in the first half of the last two IPL seasons before losing steam in the second half. They finished seventh in IPL 2018 and sixth in IPL 2019.
Previously, Ashwin has represented Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants.
The 33-year-old was a vital cog in the CSK of 2010 and 2011 when they went on to win back-to-back IPL titles and a CLT20 title. In 2010, Ashwin bagged 13 wickets each in the IPL and the CLT20, with miserly economy rates.
The 2011 season saw Ashwin claiming 20 wickets at an economy of 6.15. The 3-for in the IPL 2011 final was probably his best display with the ball in the league.
Have fond memories with Kings XI Punjab
“It has been a wonderful journey with Kings XI Punjab,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by the KXIP website.
“I will always look back fondly at the two years I spent with the Kings and will miss all my teammates. I am looking ahead to new challenges. I would also like to thank the fans for their endless support over the two years; it was incredible to see them come out and support their team,” he added.
Anil Kumble, who was recently announced KXIP’s Director of Cricket and head coach, said: “We will look at strengthening the squad at the auction to ensure that we have a well-balanced team as we enter the new IPL season.
“We thank him (Ashwin) for his contribution to the team over the last two years and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Kumble added.
Ashwin played 28 matches for KXIP, where he took 25 wickets with the best performance of 3/23. He also scored 144 runs with the bat and guided the Punjab outfit to 12 wins in the tournament.