A revamped Kings XI Punjab, under new captain Ravichandran Ashwin, exuded confidence in ending the title drought in the Indian Premier League. Ashwin was preferred over veteran Yuvraj Singh with team mentor Virender Sehwag revealing his preference for a bowler-captain during the announcement last month. The lanky off-spinner, meanwhile, was keen on establishing his own brand of leadership in the new edition which begins April 7.
"Both Viru paji and Yuvi have been my captains at different stages of my career. Yuvraj Singh was my captain in the first Challenger series that I played. He played a big role in whoever I am today. Learning from them and taking advice is something which I will never be adverse to," Ashwin said on the sidelines of King XI Punjabs jersey launch on Tuesday. "I will go about my job and the spectators can decide whether there is any similarity.
For me, its all about trying to incorporate whatever I have learned all these years and be strategically ahead of the rest." The 31-year-old viewed captaincy as a responsibility. "The first time I became captain I was 21 years old. Many seniors went to play the ICL and there was a huge void in the Tamil Nadu team. The coach (WV Raman) told me to lead the side. It was a different experience and I have a decent captaincy record too.
But this is the first time I am captaining a T20 side," said Ashwin who was previous...