IPL 2018: Ashwin appointed KXIP captain

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Monday announced star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as their captain for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league.

KXIP mentor and former India opener Virender Sehwag informed about the development in the team’s official Facebook page.

Commenting on his appointment, the Punjab’s new skipper said in a statement,”I feel honoured to be trusted with the responsibility of leading such a talented bunch of cricketers. I am confident of bringing out the best out of teammates. This is indeed a proud moment for me.”

“There is no additional pressure on me as such. I first led my state side in first class cricket when I was 21. I have done it in the past and I am sure that I will enjoy the challenge,” added Ashwin.

Significantly, Ashwin, who has been out from India’s ODI and T20 team since a long time, was part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for eight long years. After CSK’s suspension from the league, Ashwin had moved to Rising Pune Supergiants.


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