R Ashwin’s move to Delhi Capitals off?  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- R Ashwin was previously linked with a move to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
- After the arrival of Anil Kumble as head coach of the franchise, Ashwin might stay in Punjab
- KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia has branded Ashwin ‘integral part of the team’
It looked as if Ravichandran Ashwin was ready for another move in his Indian Premier League (IPL) career as the reports of a possible switch to Delhi Capitals started to float. DC had last season roped in veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad and it seemed like they could soon trade in Ashwin but the talks have not progressed at the pace they were expected to.
The Kings XI Punjab have made some significant changes in the support staff as they made former India head coach, Anil Kumble, to sign a 2-year contract as the new coach of the franchise. The arrival of Kumble, who rates Ashwin highly, seems to have had its impact on the future of Ashwin at KXIP as co-owner Ness Wadia termed the veteran off-spinner as an ‘integral part of the team’.
“We have seen what impact Ashwin has in the Indian team. He is an exceptional player and is not only an asset for the Indian team, but also for Kings XI Punjab. He is an integral part of the team and he will continue to remain so. You know the value Ashwin brings to the team. There is no question of letting him go,” Wadia was quoted as saying.
With Kumble coming in along with a number of other changes in the support staff, the final decision when it comes to Ashwin’s place in the team seems to be landing in the hands of the Indian cricketing legend.
“Anil Kumble has just taken over and all the cricketing decisions will eventually be taken by him,” Wadia added.
Delhi Capitals’ advisor Sourav Ganguly had also spoken the franchise’s pursuit of Ashwin previously, admitting that it would be “good to get” the 33-year-old spinner. It also has to be noted that the last date of trading players is November 14.
The Punjab franchise is only one of the three in the league to have never the Indian Premier League title. The team’s owners are also among the busiest in IPL Auctions almost every single year. It remains to be seen how Kumble and the new support staff inspire the KXIP players this time around.