Captaincy is about responsibility, says Ashwin

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

"I see it as a lot of responsibility in terms of trying to get the bowlers up to speed, especially in this day and age in T20 when nearly every bowler goes for runs irrespective of the quality of the bowler", Ashwin said as the franchise also unveiled its new team jerseys on the occasion.

Ashwin has captained his state side Tamil Nadu in the past (leading them to Vijay Hazare triumph in 2009) but it will be the first time he will lead a side in the shortest format. It was a different experience and I have a decent captaincy record too. "I believe Finch is such a player that he can play anywhere", he explained.

He, however, has been a part of the IPL winning team twice in the past, and this season, he will be hungrier than ever to add a third title to the list.

On paper, the current squad looks the strongest in KXIP's history but they don't have a specialist wicket-keeper after Wriddhiman Saha's exit. "My focus is on being strategically ahead of other captains", said Ashwin.

"I will go about my job as the situation demands".

"You can associate leadership with pressure or power but I see it as a responsibility. Over the years, I have played under lots of captains and learned lots of things from them", said Ashwin. But I think it is also a responsibility. In T20 cricket, all bowlers go for runs, irrespective of their reputations. "If I can put a wrap around them, I can advice them about bowling, that would be great", he said. Both Sehwag and Yuvraj had been my captains.

It is still early days for deciding on team combinations but one of Ashwin's challenges could be to handle senior players in the squad. We have explosive openers in Gayle and Finch, and down the order we have David Miller. I am also one of them.

The best finish for Kings XI in the last 10 years was in 2014 when they reached the final under the captaincy of George Bailey. Ashwin said his focus will be on helping other bowlers with his knowledge of the game.

While Sehwag backs the importance of data-based strategy in T20, it remains to be seen how much of it KXIP can use when the 2018 season starts on April 7.

The off-spinner was obviously not happy when he was asked whether he was depending on his IPL performance to make a comeback in the national team in the shorter versions of the game.

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