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 - Ravichandran Ashwin Shouldn't Have Been Out of White-Ball Cricket Anyways: Gautam Gambhir
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 - T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin Reacts After Making Comeback in India's Limited-Overs Set-up; Posts Inspirational Quote
The off-spinner said captaincy pressure won’t affect his performance. Also Read - IND vs ENG | Will be Amazed if Ravichandran Ashwin Doesn't Play in 3rd Test: Michael Vaughan
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)