IPL: Delhi Capitals set to nab R Ashwin from KXIP
R Ashwin led Kings XI Punjab in 28 games across two IPL seasons. © BCCI

Reports from last month of R Ashwin losing his place as captain of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab have taken a turn, with reports that the India offspinner is set to be purchased by Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2019-20 season.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Ashwin is near to confirming a deal with Delhi Capitals which would shift him from the Mohali-based franchise to New Delhi for the next IPL season. As per a report, Ashwin’s shift from KXIP to Capitals would be a cash buyout.

Ashwin, 32, was purchased in 2018 for Rs 7.6 crore by KXIP. Under his captaincy, the franchise won 12 of 28 matches and missed the play-offs in both seasons. In those 28 matches for KXIP, Ashwin took 25 wickets and scored 146 runs.

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If the move is confirmed, Ashwin would join a Capitals roster boasting spinners in Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Jalaj Saxena and Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane, among others.

In the 2019 IPL season, the rechristened Capitals reached the playoffs after finishing third on the league table.

Ashwin has previously played for Chennai Super Kings and the defunct Rising Pune Supergiants. His 125 IPL wickets are the seventh most in the league’s history.