Kings XI Punjab have traded Ravichandran Ashwin to Delhi Capitals for₹1.5 crores and Karnataka spinner Jagadeesha Suchith, ending a series of intense negotiations over the Indian spinner’s IPL future.
Besides Suchith, KXIP had also asked Delhi for New Zealand pacer Trent Boult as part of the Ashwin trade-off but that did not materialize.
“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,” KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia said.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has cleared Ashwin’s transfer to the Delhi Capitals.
Ashwin is set to represent Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 after a successful trade by Kings XI Punjab, BCCI has stated in a Press release.
Ashwin, who led KXIP in 28 games with 12 wins and 16 losses, is one of the most experienced players in the tournament having made his debut way back in 2009. Ashwin has 125 IPL wickets from 139 games at an economy rate of 6.79.
Delhi will match Ashwin’s auction value of ₹7.6 crores.
Annoincing the deal, Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said, “I’d like to wish Suchith all the very best, and I’m sure he will excel in his new team. “ would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ravichandran Ashwin to the Delhi Capitals family. He’s easily one of the best and most experienced spinners around, with a tremendous record in India and IPL colours. There’s no doubt in my mind that Ashwin’s presence will benefit our team tremendously, as we eye the big prize – the IPL title.”
“Ashwin adds a lot of value to any team that he’s a part of, and I’m sure it’s going to be no different when he joins Delhi Capitals,” said Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting on Ashwin joining his team. “It is no secret that the pitch on our home ground is on the slower side, and is known to assist spinners. I believe, Ashwin, with his clever bowling, will have a tremendous impact when he bowls on it.”
Under Ashwin’s leadership, KXIP showed a lot of promise in the first half of the past two seasons before losing momentum in the second half. They finished seventh in 2018 and sixth in 2019.
The off-spinner, who only plays one format for India, made a strong comeback in the home Test series against South Africa after warming the bench in the West Indies, where Ravindra Jadeja was preferred as the sole spinner in the playing eleven.
KXIP reached the semi-finals in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008 before making the playoffs just once in 2014 when they finished runners-up. Now with the legendary Anil Kumble on board, the franchise is aiming to end its title drought.
A left-arm spinner and handy lower-order bat for Karnataka, Suchith had made it to the State team in the 2014-15 season and has so far featured in 13 first-class and 17 List A games.
The 25-year-old went to Delhi Capitals in the last IPL, has featured in 44 T20s.