Speaking on his two-years of relationship with the franchise; one that will always be remembered for "what could have been" rather than what it eventually turned out, was quoted by Kings XI Punjab as saying "It has been a wonderful journey with Kings XI Punjab".
Wadia had last month said that the KXIP board had a re-think on Ashwin and made a decision to retain the premier India spinner following the appointment of Anil Kumble as head coach.
Indian premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has finally joined Delhi Capitals (DC) as he was traded for left-armer Jagadeesha Suchith, who took the senior player's place in Kings XI Punjab. As per media reports, Kumble wanted to retain Ravichandran Ashwin but the spinner himself was keen to move to Delhi Capitals.
"Everybody is happy with this deal". Besides Suchith, KXIP had also requested Delhi for Fresh Zealand pacer Trent Boult as phase of the Ashwin substitute-off but that did no longer materialise.
Ashwin played 28 matches for KXIP where he took 25 wickets with the best performance being 3/23. "There's no doubt in my mind that Ashwin's presence will benefit our team tremendously, as we eye the big prize the IPL title", said Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal. Ashwin, meanwhile, will get INR 7.6 crores, his auction value from the IPL 2018 auction.
As captain, Ashwin was unable to change the fortunes of KXIP, one of the three original teams still to win an IPL. The two clubs will now need to hang tight for the assent of the IPL Governing Council on the deal.
Ashwin led a fresh KXIP in the 2018 season and the team dominated the IPL until the final two weeks where they fell from the first position to the seventh by their last game. He has won two titles with CSK while he captained KXIP for two seasons. Kings XI failed to make it to the playoffs in either of the two seasons.
The IPL transfer window closes next week, on November 14, and more announcements of the trade-offs are likely to be made before that.