The player auction of the season 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) witnessed quite a few surprises as some marquee players missed out on the trend of returning to their old IPL teams, for example, India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who had become a crowd-favorite in the Chennai Super Kings team, until getting bagged by Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018 auction in January.
It was being expected that the 31-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin, would be bagged by his old IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, as it turned out, CSK didn’t pursue their team favorite in the IPL 2018 player auction, owing to which, Ravichandran Ashwin was clinched by Kings XI Punjab.
Ravichandran Ashwin said that he had been counting the days after which he would get to be a part of the CSK side, famously known as the ‘yellow brigade’. But after not seeing the plans fold out the way he had imagined, Ravichandran Ashwin said that he would miss playing for CSK, as it was the IPL team’s home-ground of MA Chidambaram stadium, where the veteran had taken his first steps to success.
Disappointed to not be a part of CSK in IPL 2018
As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be donning the Kings XI Punjab jersey in the upcoming season 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), said,
“Obviously I was a tad disappointed. I have been here (CSK) for the past 10 years. Literally, I own that space at Chepauk. The cheer that I got every time I came on to bowl, I will miss that. The auction is very unpredictable and probably if you saw this auction (IPL 2018), people were not going all guns blazing. I am a bit disappointed that I will not be turning up for CSK.”
On the prospects of playing against CSK in IPL 2018
As Ravichandran Ashwin was bought by the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018 player auction, the Tamil Nadu cricketer would revel in the possibility, that he would face his old IPL home team, but this time as an opponent.
Ashwin said that it will give him a chance of performing in front of his home crowd, and that is what he wanted. Ravichandran Ashwin said,
“It will feel lovely. I will again get a chance to showcase my skills in front of my home crowd. That is all that matters to me. It is a ground that has great memories. It has been part of my meteoric rise.”
“It gave me a lot of momentum going into my international career. Coming back there and play against CSK, it may probably motivate me more. Let’s see how it goes,” Ashwin signed off.