Ravi Ashwin replies to fan when asked about his comeback to Chennai Super Kings

Ravi Ashwin replies to fan when asked about his comeback to Chennai Super Kings

Ravi Ashwin will be seen donning Delhi Capitals jersey in IPL 2020.

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Ravi Ashwin. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

For Ravi Ashwin, it was a short stint with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The veteran off-spinner changed bases in 2018 to become the captain of the Punjab franchise but could not take them to the playoffs in two attempts despite showing early hopes. In 2019, his impact in the IPL was more because of the ‘Mankading’ controversy. Ashwin is now set to play for Delhi Capitals (DC) who he joined on Friday in a trade deal.

The 33-year-old’s claim to fame in the IPL, however, was more because of his exploits for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where he played under Dhoni. He made his IPL debut in 2009 but got to play only a couple of games in which he took as many wickets. However, it was in the next year that Ashwin, aged 24, came up with a stunning performance.

Dhoni tossed the new ball up to the bowler and he ended up with 13 wickets in 12 outings at an economy rate of just above six. Ashwin’s best year also came for the CSK in 2011 when he claimed 20 scalps in 16 games at the economy rate of 6.15.

In 2011, the CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore had an auction fight to grab Ashwin and it was his old team that had the last laugh. Ashwin went on to win the IPL crowns in 2010 and 2011 with the CSK. He was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 season.

Ravi Ashwin has also played for RPS besides CSK and KXIP

Ashwin played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 season as the CSK remained suspended for two years while he missed the tournament because of injury in 2017. In 2018, he was bought by the KXIP for Rs 7.6 crore and was even named the skipper. The Kings finished in the seventh and sixth positions in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The veteran bowler, who recently completed 350 wickets in Test cricket as the joint-fastest, has been traded for pacer Jagdeesh Suchith. However, when he was asked by a fan recently on when he is planning to return to the CSK which is based in his home state Tamil Nadu, he said it was not his choice.