The Kings XI Punjab team announced Ravichandran Ashwin as their captain on Monday. He will lead the side for the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. It is the first instance that R Ashwin will lead an IPL team in his IPL international career.
The richest league in the world IPL will begin from April 7 this year.
Virendra Sehwag, Mentor of Kings XI Punjab told that he always wanted a bowler to lead the squad.
In a statement, he said,” I always thought that a bowler should be made the captain because I was a big fan of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Kapil Dev. I thought a bowler would be the best candidate for our team’s captaincy. Yuvraj was also there in our minds. But a lot of votes from our support staff and owners went to Ashwin.”
On the other hand, the 31-year-old former CSK bowler thinks captaincy is a part of natural progression. In a statement, Ashwin said,” I see it as a natural progression for having played cricket for so long at the top level. I have always felt I had it in me (to be captain). WV Raman identified me as a captain when I was 21 years old. I ended up winning a few titles for TN.”
He also added,” Being a bowler captain, I will be able to understand the bowlers and field changes. I also believe in my tactical and strategic sharpness. I think I have got enough experience inside the dressing room.
It seems clear that he wants to build a solid team culture. He said that captaincy won’t affect him. He looks to pick positive attributes from other skippers that he has played with in the past.
He last played in a T20 was against West Indies in July 2017.