Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting has showered rich praise on Ravichandran Ashwin, saying the veteran off-spinner adds great value to any team he is a part of.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday (November 7) traded Ashwin to the Capitals for Rs. 1.5 crore and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith, finally putting all speculations to rest over the future of the Tamil Nadu offie in IPL.
In the last two IPL seasons, Ashwin represented KXIP in 28 games, claiming 25 wickets but the franchise couldn’t qualify to the play-offs under his captaincy.
"Ashwin adds a lot of value to any team that he is a part of, and I am sure it is going to be no different when he joins Delhi Capitals. It is no secret that the pitch on our home ground is on the slower side, and is known to assist spinners. I believe, Ashwin, with his clever bowling, will have a tremendous impact when he bowls on it," Delhi Capitals coach Ponting said in an official statement.
Before leading KXIP, Ashwin has played for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiants and managed to win the title twice with CSK in 2010 and 2011.
"I would like to wish Suchith all the very best, and I am sure he will excel in his new team. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ravichandran Ashwin to the Delhi Capitals family," Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said.
"He is easily one of the best and most experienced spinners around, with a tremendous record in India and IPL colours. There is no doubt in my mind that Ashwin's presence will benefit our team tremendously, as we eye the big prize - the IPL title," he added.
(Inputs from India Today)