Ashwin thanks KXIP fans for 'endless support'

R Ashwin was snapped up by KXIP for INR 7.6 crore

R Ashwin was snapped up by KXIP for INR 7.6 crore

"There is no doubt in my mind that Ashwin's presence will benefit our team tremendously, as we eye the big prize - the IPL title", Ponting further added.

Ashwin's time with KXIP came to an end on Friday with the Delhi Capitals officially announcing a trade deal in which the off-spinner went to the franchise based in the national capital while left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith went the other way. "We wish Ashwin the absolute best", Punjab co-owner Wadia told PTI.

Under Ravichandran Ashwin's leadership, KXIP finished seventh in 2018 and sixth in 2019. "I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ravichandran Ashwin to the Delhi Capitals family".

Earlier, speaking to IANS, Anil Kumble, Director of Cricket Operations of Kings XI Punjab, had expressed uncertainty over the future of Ashwin, saying that he had just come on board and it was too early to speak on the permutations and combinations that they were planning for the 2020 edition. Ponting said that Ashwin's intellectual bowling might well be highly impactful on the pitch at Delhi's Arun Jaitley stadium, which is acknowledged to abet spinners.

R Ashwin has played 68 Checks and 111 ODIs for India, in which he has taken 357 and 150 wickets respectively.

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.

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. The team failed to make it to the playoffs in both seasons despite a few promising performances. In the past, he had played for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant (now defunct franchise), Kings XI Punjab.

A formal announcement will be made before the IPL transfer window closes on November 14.

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