With player auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 edition just around the corner, all the IPL franchises used the trading window to get the right combination for the tournament. Delhi Capitals (DC) is one such franchise that has traded all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Talking about the move, Ashwin said, “My stint at Kings XI was fantastic to say the least. The experience enriched me in every possible way. I was given the role of captaincy, that was new boundaries I explored. Within my purview, I thought I did a fair job, if not a very good job, but these decisions were not mine entirely.”
“There are other factors, the owners did feel I haven’t delivered which is true because I could not take the team through to the play-offs in both the seasons. You can give excuses why we could not do that, but I am someone who takes it under my chin and admits that ‘yes I couldn’t deliver’,” he added.
The off-spinner who is not in the white-ball arena at the moment is yet to give up on the hope of playing for India in the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
While talking about it to Mumbai Mirror, the 33-year-old said, “I enjoy playing day in, day out. But I felt somewhere in my career, because of the white ball snub and injuries, I had lost the joy of playing the game, which was very very dangerous for me. I could not watch the game on TV.”
The Chennai lad then went on to reveal that former cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s comeback for 2014 T20 World Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy really inspired him.
“I took the help of people and I have gotten over it. World Twenty20 is a realistic goal for everybody. Who does not want to represent India at the competition. Yuvraj Singh came back for World T20 in 2014 and then in 2017 Champions Trophy. I am only 33,” Ashwin said.
(With IANS inputs)