Earlier Candidates of Kings XI
It was seen in the IPL 2018 auction that teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab had not retained or picked an obvious skipper to lead their team.
The KXIP franchise had recently tweeted that there are five candidates who are eligible to captain the squad – Yuvaraj Singh, R Ashwin, Aaron Finch, Axar Patel and Chris Gayle.
R. Ashwin Confirmed As Captain
On Monday, Virender Sehwag, the head coach of KXIP revealed in his Facebook Live Session that Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the team this year.
Subsequently, the Twitter handle of KXIP read “We have a new #KingOfTheNorth! Our new captain, @ashwinravi99”.
R Ashwin was bought by KXIP for Rs. 7.6 crore in the IPL Auction 2018, with the Chennai Super Kings, the team which he represented for 8 years, not retaining him.
Why Not Yuvi?
Sehwag also said in his live session that 90% of the KXIP fans wanted Yuvaraj to be the skipper but he wanted a different captain this year.
When questioned about his new captaincy post, R Ashwin stated that he had been the Tamil Nadu team captain when he was 21 and hence captaincy is not new to him.
He also added that he is honored to lead a bunch of fresh talents and has promised to bring the best out of his team. Brad Hodge, Punjab’s batting coach has congratulated Ashwin on Twitter by calling him “a true leader”.
R Ashwin has picked up 100 wickets in 111 IPL games he has played since 2009. He owns an average of 25.00 and an economy of 6.55.
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