New Delhi: Indian Premier League franchise, Kings XI Punjab named senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as their skipper despite having veterans like Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle in their ranks. Ashwin has won two IPL titles during his eight-year stint with Chennai Super Kings and has also played for Pune Supergiants. Also Read - If I was BCCI President, I Would Say Find me an Indian Sponsor: Ness Wadia Wants IPL to Sever Ties With Chinese Companies
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, said Ashwin, who is currently out-of-favor in India’s ODI and T20 scheme of things. Also Read - After Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab Share Gender-Swap Pictures of Its Players | SEE POST
The off-spinner said captaincy pressure won’t affect his performance. Also Read - Mitchell Starc Provides Video Footage to Prove Injury For USD 1.43 Million IPL Insurance Payout
There is no additional pressure on me as such. I first led my stateside 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, he said.
Ashwin played his last T20 for India seven months back in July, 2017 against the West Indies and last ODI against the same opponents last June. (With PTI inputs)