[caption id="attachment_870271" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-870271" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ravichandran-Ashwin-PTI.jpeg" alt="Ravichandran Ashwin, Dindigul Dragons, Tamil Nadu Premier League, TNPL, TNPL 2019" width="628" height="352" /> Ravichandran Ashwin, who featured in the county circuit in England for Nottinghamshire and was in good form, is set to feature in the entire season for Dindigul Dragons. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>India star <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/news/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> will be the star attraction when he leads <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/dindigul-dragons">Dindigul Dragons</a> in the opening match of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/tamil-nadu-premier-league">Tamil Nadu Premier League</a> 2019 against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/chepauk-super-gillies">Chennai Super Gillies</a> at Natham on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>The ace off-spinner, who featured in the county circuit in England for Nottinghamshire and was in good form, is set to feature in the entire season for Dindigul Dragons. <p></p> <p></p>Ashwin is expected to play the entire league, team sources said. <p></p> <p></p>He took 23 wickets in three matches and scored 197 runs with a highest of 66 not out and will hope to lead his team (Dindigul Dragons) from the front. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/ashwinravi99/status/1151787375141371907 <p></p> <p></p>India and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/chennai-super-kings">Chennai Super Kings</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kedar-jadhav/news/">Kedar Jadhav</a> will be present during the inaugural tomorrow, a release said. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, India allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/news/">Vijay Shankar</a> is upbeat about his team Chepauk Super Gillies coming good in the tournament. <p></p> <p></p>Shankar, who was supposed to captain CSG in the season will miss the action as he recuperates from a toe injury. <p></p> <p></p>Despite the injury, he has been an active participant in team meetings and believes they can replicate their performance of 2017 when they went on to win the title. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/county-championship-r-ashwins-all-round-excellence-not-enough-as-nottinghamshire-lose-to-surrey-869630">R Ashwin's all-round excellence not enough as Nottinghamshire lose to Surrey</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>In his absence, CSG will be led by opening batsman Kaushik Gandhi, who was traded from Tuti Patriots this season. <p></p> <p></p>Injuries have kept Shankar away from TNPL for the second year in succession and he is yet to make his debut in the league. The Tirunelveli-born player is hopeful of turning out for his team in the latter part of the tournament. <p></p> <p></p>Shankar said he believed that the presence of seasoned internationals R Ashwin (Dindigul Dragons), Dinesh Karthik (iDream Karaikudi Kaalai), and Murali Vijay (Ruby Trichy Warriors) is a big boost not only for the tournament but also for players, especially youngsters from the districts.