Ace India spinner R Ashwin is set to participate in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL 2023) as he will turn out for the Dindigul Dragons. He was seen last playing in the IPL 2023 where he played for the Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Unfortunately, R Ashwin, the no 1. ranked Test bowler, failed to find a place in the Indian XI for the recent ICC World Test Championship (WTC 2023) final and will now return to cricket in the domestic T20 scene.
Ashwin, 36, has been India’s best spinner across formats for the last ten years and tops the ICC Test bowling rankings. In WTC Cycle 2021-23, he was India’s leading wicket-taker, so his absence from the India XI for the final was a big surprise.
He is expected to be part of India squad for the two Tests against West Indies which start next month in Caribbean and will look towards the TNPL 2023 as getting some game practice before the said Tests series.
Ashwin recently posted an Instagram story with the caption, “Closure! TNPL Calling.”
Since Dindigul Dragons’ inception in 2016, Ashwin has been there with the team. However, he appeared in only one game last season as the Dragons finished sixth in an eight-team tournament in 2022 with only two wins.
Despite reaching the finals twice so far, Dindigul Dragons are yet to win the TNPL title. They will play their first game of the season against Ba11sy Trichy on June 14 at the SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore.