R Ashwin was snapped up by KXIP for INR 7.6 crore. © BCCI
Ravichandran Ashwin‘s move to Delhi Capitals has been finalised, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia confirmed on Thursday (November 7). According to PTI, Delhi Capitals have offered KXIP left-arm spinner J Suchith and an additional sum of INR 1.5 crores as part of the exchange. Ashwin, 33, will get INR 7.6 crores, his auction value from the IPL 2018 auction. 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,” 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.
The 33-year-old spinner 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. He was an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings side that won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
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 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.