New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab have named offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin as their captain for the 2018 season that begins April 7.
"We have a new #KingOfTheNorth! Sheron, give a big welcome to the Protector of the Realm! Our new captain, @ashwinravi99! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi," KXIP tweeted from their official handle.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 26, 2018
Ashwin, who has in the past played for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant, was bought by KXIP for Rs. 7.6 crore in the IPL auction that was held in Bengaluru in January.
It will be the first time that Ashwin will be leading an IPL side; however, he has captained his state-side Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit.
Before Ashwin, KXIP has had nine captains in ten seasons of the league so far, including Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey.
Sehwag is now the mentor of the franchise.
"Ravichandran Ashwin has officially succeeded the throne as the new captain of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. He will lead the pride of Punjab into battle in the hopes of getting them to their maiden title triumph," the Mohali franchise announced.
Ashwin promised fans that the franchise will play a brand of cricket that both players and fans can be proud about.
"I feel honoured to be trusted with the responsibility of leading such a talented bunch of cricketers," Ashwin told kxip.in
"I am confident of bringing out the best out of teammates. This is indeed a proud moment for me."
(With agency inputs)