IPL 2019: For starters, it is interesting to see Ravichandran Ashwin speak in Hindi during a promo chat ahead of the IPL season. The Kings XI Punjab cricketer revealed the gameplan they would like to go in with against Rajasthan Royals in their backyard. Ashwin speaks about the importance of the first game and about getting the combination right. Ashwin, who is not so comfortable in speaking in Hindi as he is a Tamilian does a commendable job and that has to be applauded. He also says a few words in Punjabi. He says, “Sasriakal” which means welcome.

“It is very important to get our campaign off to a good start. We are playing Rajasthan Royals who are strong at home. Hence, beating them in the first match away from home would be the ideal start to the campaign. It is about getting the combination right. Looking forward to an intense game against the Royals,” said Ashwin.

Here is how the squad looks after the auctions.

Players Retained: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin

Players Released: Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar and Manzoor Dar

Players Added: Moises Henriques (Rs 1 Crore), Nicholas Pooran (Rs 4.2 crores), Mohammad Shami (Rs 4.40 crore), Sarfraz Khan (Rs 25 lakh), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 8.40 crore), Sam Curran (Rs 7.20 crore), Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 6.40 crore), Agnivesh Ayachi (Rs 20 lakh), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Darshan Nalkande (Rs 30 lakh), Murugan Ashwin (Rs 20 lakh), Hardus Viljoen (Rs 75 lakh), Harpreet Brar (Rs 20 lakh).