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‘I will always look back fondly at the two years I spent with the Kings’ – Ravi Ashwin

With Ashwin out of the set-up, opener KL Rahul, who has been the lynchpin of their batting unit since 2018, looks prime to lead the franchise in the 2020 edition.

Ravi Ashwin
Ravi Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

28 matches. Two seasons. 25 wickets. 144 runs. HS- 45. One Player of the Match award. Leader. And, just like that full-stop, Ravichandran Ashwin’s tryst with the Kings XI Punjab franchise came to an end. The former KXIP has been traded for Jagadeesh Suchith to the Delhi Capitals for a deal of Rs 1.5 Crore, ending months of speculations around the alleged deal.

Speaking on his two-years of relationship with the franchise; one that will always be remembered for ‘what could have been’ rather than what it eventually turned out, was quoted by Kings XI Punjab as saying “It has been a wonderful journey with Kings XI Punjab. 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.”

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 “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,” the Indian ace off-spinner said.

Will be looking to strengthen the squad- Anil Kumble

Earlier in the year when Anil Kumble was appointed ‘director of operations’ of KXIP, reports had emerged that the Punjab-based franchise wasn’t too willing to let go of the off-spinner. Anil Kumble had referred Ashwin as an “asset” but also refrained from admitting that the former CSK off-spinner will still lead the side in the 2020 edition.

Kumble, while offering his pleasantries to the departing Ashwin, thanking him for his contribution, asserted the franchise will now look at strengthening the squad and ensure they have a “well-rounded” unit after the auctions in December.

 Reportedly, besides Suchith, KXIP had also asked for the trade of Trent Boult but the deal didn’t materialize. But, Ness Wadia, the co-owner of the KXIP, said that everyone is happy with the deal.

 “Everyone is happy with this deal. We are happy, Ashwin is happy and Delhi is happy. We were in talks with three teams but have finally come to this conclusion. We wish Ashwin the very best,” 

With Ashwin out of the set-up, opener KL Rahul, who has been the lynchpin of their batting unit since 2018, looks prime to lead the franchise in the 2020 edition.

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