Ravichandran Ashwin’s career continues to head in a bizarre and disappointing direction. Not very long ago, the spinner was the toast of the nation after helping India dominate the Tests. But things have just not fallen into place for Ashwin in the last one year so. He is yet to play a single international game this year.
Despite being the quickest to 250 and 300 Test wickets, the spinner is no more a guaranteed starter for Team India. He was dropped from the playing XI for the ongoing match against West Indies in Antigua and now there is a fresh development about which he will not be too happy.
According to reports in Bangalore Mirror, Ashwin is likely to lose not only his captaincy but also his place in the Kings XI Punjab team. The report suggested that the Mohali-based outfit is negotiating with a couple of teams to trade him. The deal is likely to be closed in a week’s time when the franchise board meets.
Delhi Capitals are reportedly interested in roping the 32-year old. However, there is still no confirmation over whether there will be a trade or a direct purchase. Apart from Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals have also expressed interest in buying the spinner. The Royals want to swap him for Krishnappa Gowtham.
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It is unlikely, Ashwin will immediately lose financially – he was bought for Rs 7.6 Crores in 2018 auction – but he is not assured of captaincy. He is more than unlikely to be the captain if a new team buys him. Delhi think Ashwin will be lethal on the slow turner at the Kotla but they have still not managed to ink the deal.
“A week more is needed to finish the process,” said a source.
Ravichandran Ashwin, meanwhile, played 28 matches for Kings XI Punjab and had 25 wickets. Prior to his stint with Kings XI, he had played for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant. Kings XI Punjab are planning to appoint KL Rahul as their skipper.