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IPL: Ashwin joins Delhi Capitals

IPL: Ashwin joins Delhi Capitals
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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday joined the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise, traded for left-armer Jagadeesha Suchith, who took the senior player's place in Kings XI Punjab.

New Delhi : Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday joined the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise, traded for left-armer Jagadeesha Suchith, who took the senior player's place in Kings XI Punjab.

PTI had earlier reported that Delhi Capitals offered KXIP Suchith and an additional sum of Rs 1.5 crore as part of the exchange. Ashwin, 33, will get Rs 7.6 crore, his value from the IPL 2018 auction.

"He's easily one of the best and most experienced spinners around, with a tremendous record in India and IPL colours. 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 adds a lot of value to any team that he's a part of, and I'm sure it's going to be no different when he joins Delhi Capitals," said Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting on Ashwin joining his team.

"It is no secret that the pitch on our home ground is on the slower side, and is known to assist spinners. I believe, Ashwin, with his clever bowling, will have a tremendous impact when he bowls on it," he added.

Ashwin has played 68 Tests and 111 ODIs for India, in which he has taken 357 and 150 wickets respectively.

The IPL transfer window closes next week, on November 14, and more announcements of the trade-offs are likely to be made before that.

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