Mumbai: As Ness Wadia, the co-owner of KXIP previous mentioned that Ashwin will be a part of a new franchise for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Finally, KXIP has traded Ashwin with Delhi Capitals, while Delhi Capitals have offered left-arm spinner, J Suchith, and addition of INR 1.5 crore Ashwin, 33, will get INR 7.6 crores, his auction value from the IPL 2018 auction. Suchith was signed as a replacement in IPL 2019 at his base price of INR 20 lakh. The deal is subject to ratification by the IPL Governing Council.
“Everyone is happy with this deal. We are happy, Ashwin is happy and Delhi is happy. We were in talks with three teams but have finally come to this conclusion. We wish Ashwin the very best,” Ness Wadia told PTI.
Ashwin led KXIP for two seasons and amicably decided to part ways from the franchise. “We [Ashwin and KXIP] have amicably come to a conclusion that we should part ways,” Wadia had said earlier in the day.
Ashwin has been among the top performers in the IPL since making his debut in 2009, having snared 125 wickets from 139 games at an excellent economy rate of 6.79.
Ashwin is an asset to the side as he can bowl in the powerplay, dry up runs in the middle overs, and restrict batsmen at the death. He was an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings side that won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Overall, he has taken 125 wickets in 139 IPL matches at an economy rate of 6.79, which is the best among all Indian bowlers with 50-plus wickets in the competition. For India, he has played 111 ODIs in which he scalped 150 wickets while in the T20Is he has 52 dismissals.
As captain, Ashwin was unable to change the fortunes of KXIP, one of the three original teams still to win an IPL. The team failed to make it to the playoffs in both seasons despite a few promising performances. Opener KL Rahul will now be among the frontrunners to be named the captain of the franchise.
The IPL transfer window closes next week, on November 14, and more announcements of the trade-offs are likely to be made before that