The confusion surrounding the future of Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally looking to come to an end. The Tamil Nadu ace is looking set to be on his way to Delhi Capitals from Kings XI Punjab. Both the teams are in negotiation to strike a deal for the spinner for quite some time now.
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And although recently Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia insisted that the deal was off, it looks like the teams have finally struck a deal. Ashwin is now set to head to Delhi ahead of the new season. According to reports, the earlier deal did not materialise since Kings XI Punjab were not getting the two players they wanted from Delhi Capitals in exchange for Ashwin.
Delhi have now agreed to let the players go and thus Kings XI Punjab have also decided to release Ashwin. According to Mumbai Mirror, the two players are New Zealand star Trent Boult and Karnataka’s all-rounder Jagadeesha Suchith. Both Boult and Suchith are now all set to don the Kings XI Punjab jersey from next season.
Boult, who was bought by the franchise for Rs 2.2 Crores in IPL 2018 auction, played 19 matches for the franchise in two years. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker for the team, picking up 18 wickets from 14 games. In the last season, he picked up five wickets in as many matches as Kagiso Rabada emerged as Delhi’s main pacer.
On the other hand, Suchith was signed by Delhi mid-season as a replacement for Harshal Patel. He played one match in IPL 2019 where he scalped two wickets. He had previously plied his trade for Mumbai Indians. With Ashwin no more a part of the team, Suchith can play a vital role for them.
The news outlet further reported that Delhi have paid Rs 1.5 Crore to the Punjab-based outfit and Ashwin has already signed the contract. Ashwin led the team in the last two seasons but could not guide them to glory. In fact, the franchise failed to make it to the playoffs in both the seasons.