Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) may appoint R Ashwin as captain for the upcoming IPL edition. Ashwin has played for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant in previous seasons of IPL.
Ashwin was sold to KXIP at Rs 7.6 crores in the recent IPL auction in January. Punjab also has the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch and KL Rahul in the squad. However, KXIP official website has suggested that Ashwin may get the leadership.
"Ashwin might not come with a lot of captaincy experience like some of the other contenders, but when it comes to accurately reading the game, this intelligent tweaker is right up there. With a decade worth of IPL experience under his belt, including two seasons as a part of the winning side, Ashwin is no stranger to tasting success, and also replicating it time and again," the message read.
A close source to KXIP also revealed that they will take a call on captaincy after team director Virender Sehwag returns from Switzerland. Sehwag is playing Ice Cricket Tournament there.
“In all probability, Ashwin will lead the Kings XI Punjab team. However, a final decision will be made only after Virender Sehwag returns from Switzerland," a Kings XI Punjab source was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.
Ashwin said ahead of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai, "As of now, nothing has been spoken about regarding captaincy. I have done well for TN in the past as skipper. I haven't led TN in the T20 format. I'm someone who will not let things run away. If at all given an opportunity, I will try to give my best,"