On Monday, the IPL, Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) named India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as their captain for 11th edition of the tournament. During a Facebook live session conducted by former India batting star and KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag, the news was disclosed. But Ravichandran Ashwin captaincy news wasn’t received warmly by the fans, many of whom backed Yuvraj Singh for the job, Sehwag revealed why he chose Ashwin over the latter. Though the KXIP mentor pointed out that Yuvraj too was among candidates for the captaincy, the team management agreed on Ashwin being a ‘long-term’ choice.
The former India opener Sehwag said that Ashwin would do wonders for the team as a captain because he always wanted a bowler to be a captain because a bowler understands the game much better than anyone else.
Sehwag further said, “I always thought that if someone should become the captain it should be a bowler because I am a great fan of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Kapil Dev. These were bowlers, who went on to become captains and did really well for the team. I’m sure Ashwin would wonders for Kings XI Punjab this season.”
He added, “The best quality in Ashwin is that he is very smart and he can change the bowlers very quickly. He understands the T20 format better than anybody else because he used to bowl in Powerplay, he used to bowl in slog overs. So, he knows what to do in T20 format.”