[caption id="attachment_886563" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-886563" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/R-Ashwin-KXIP_PTI.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="349" /> R Ashwin has played 28 IPL games for KXIP, taking 25 wickets and scoring 146 runs which at best could be termed modest. @PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">India</a> captain and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/delhi-capitals">Delhi Capitals</a> (DC) mentor <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sourav-ganguly/">Sourav Ganguly</a> said that their franchise will be happy to have senior India off-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/news/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> in their ranks for the upcoming <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/indian-premier-league">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) provided <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kings-xi-punjab">Kings XI Punjab</a> (KXIP) releases him. <p></p> <p></p>Ashwin led KXIP for a couple of seasons without much success and there has been news that the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/after-test-snub-ravichandran-ashwin-set-to-lose-his-place-in-kings-xi-punjab-883681">is ready to trade him off</a>. <p></p> <p></p>"We would be more than happy to have Ashwin if KXIP is ready to release him," said Ganguly, who was in the national capital for a promotional event, sounding hopeful that the Delhi franchise can close the deal. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/surprised-that-india-didnt-pick-ravichandran-ashwin-and-rohit-sharma-for-antigua-test-sourav-ganguly-883299">Surprised that India didn t pick Ashwin and Rohit for Antigua Test: Sourav Ganguly</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Ashwin has played 28 IPL games for KXIP, taking 25 wickets and scoring 146 runs which at best could be termed modest. <p></p> <p></p>Ganguly also said that he didn t expect <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ms-dhoni%e2%80%8b">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a> to be picked for the upcoming T20 Internationals against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa">South Africa</a> and said the team management is absolutely right in persisting with young <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/news/">Rishabh Pant</a>. <p></p> <p></p>While Ganguly doesn t want people to jump the gun as far as Dhoni s future is concerned, he made it clear that skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/virat-kohli">Virat Kohli</a> s expectations and what he is communicating to the senior-most player in the team is paramount. <p></p> <p></p> No, I didn t expect him to be picked for this series (against South Africa), Ganguly replied when asked if he was surprised with Dhoni s omission even though the official reason is his unavailability . <p></p> <p></p> You could make out from West Indies (T20) series, that they (team management) wanted to give Rishabh a chance. They want to pursue with him, which is rightly so. Because when MS came in young, he was also persisted with, said Dhoni s first international captain.