Ravichandran Ashwin has officially completed his move to Delhi Capitals from Kings XI Punjab. Co-owner Ness Wadia confirmed the news on Thursday, stating that the Capitals have offered the services of left-arm spinner J Suchith and an additional sum as part of the exchange.
The deal is subject to ratification by the IPL Governing Council but is expected to go through soon.
“Everyone is happy with this deal. We are happy, Ashwin is happy and Delhi is happy. We were in talks with three teams but have finally come to this conclusion. We wish Ashwin the very best,” Wadia told the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Ashwin had captained KXIP for two seasons and amicably decided to part ways from the franchise. “We [Ashwin and KXIP] have amicably come to a conclusion that we should part ways,” Wadia added.
KL Rahul will take over the reins as captain of the Punjab franchise following Ashwin’s departure.
The 33-year-old Ashwin has a remarkable record in the IPL, picking up 125 wickets from 139 games at a miserly economy-rate of 6.79. He has previously won the IPL title twice with Chennai Super Kings.
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The West Indies claimed the lead in the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan by clinching the opener at Lucknow by seven wickets.
What was touted as a run fest turned out to be a damp squib of a game as Afghanistan’s middle order collapsed and, during the chase, Shai Hope and Roston Chase blunted the opposition’s spin attack to help their team achieve the target with just three overs to spare.
Holder and Cottrell bowl incisive new ball spell
Jason Holder’s was impeccable with the new ball on Wednesday, hitting Glenn McGrath-esqe lines and lengths.
At the other end, Sheldon Cottrell attacked the stumps and had the opportunity to bring out the salute as early as the fifth over, when he castled Hazratullah Zazai with a pin point yorker on the base of leg-stump.
Holder too was rewarded for his consistency when Javed Ahmadi nicked a good length delivery to Nicholas Pooran at second slip.
Holder’s first spell read 6-2-9-1 and he later bowled his full quota of overs to finish with figures of two for 21.
Ikram Alikhil gets ahead of himself
The 19-year-old, who broke Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record for the highest individual score by a teenager earlier this year, started promisingly but gave his wicket away carelessly which triggered the batting collapse for Afghanistan.
After two early blows, Alikhil and Rahmat Shah batted admirably to steady the innings and improve the scoring rate.
The duo added 111 in 20 overs before the youngster’s poor batting allowed the Windies back into the game.
During the 27th over, the duo completed a single which brought up Shah’s fifty.
Alikhil, in his eagerness to congratulate his partner, started to walk towards him after completing the first run.
However, the ball wasn’t dead yet and, as he left the crease, Shai Hope removed the bails and appealed successfully for the run out.
His wicket triggered a sensational collapse as the remaining seven wickets fell for 68 runs.
Roston Chase’s all-round show
Off-spinner Roston Chase was excellent with the ball in the middle-overs, picking up the important wickets of Najibullah Zadran and Rahmat Shah.
He bowled wicket-to-wicket and made it impossible for the batsmen to attack in his ten over spell.
During the chase, the all-rounder showed his class as he masterfully steered his team to victory in the company of Shai Hope.
Chasing a tricky target against a wily Afghan spin attack, West Indies had a poor start, losing two wickets in the power play.
However, Chase walked in at No.4 to forge a 163-run stand with Hope to put the game beyond Afghanistan.
He was the more dominant batsman of the two, smashing 11 boundaries in his 113-ball stay at the crease.
However, he narrowly missed out on a ton as Mujeeb ur Rahman bowled him on 94.
Overall, it was a commendable performance from the West Indies and they would hope to build on from this performance when the two teams meet on Monday for the second ODI.
West Indies 197/3 (Chase 94, Hope 77*, Mujeeb 2-33)
Afghanistan 194 (Rahmat 61, Alikhil 58, Holder 2-21, Chase 2-31)
When Rohit Sharma leads India in Rajkot during the second T20I against Bangladesh, he will become the first Indian after Harmanpreet Kaur to play in 100 T20Is.
While his latest exploits at the top of the order has earned him plaudits as a Test opener, the languid right-hander made his mark in the shortest format with a superb unbeaten half-century against South Africa in his first ever innings , during the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.
Twelve years and 99 games later, Rohit Sharma has firmly established himself as one of the greatest players in limited-overs cricket.
He is the highest run-getter in T20Is with 2452 runs and is one of the five batsmen in the world to have crossed the 2000-run mark in T20Is.
Speaking about the milestone in Delhi, Rohit had said: “It’s been a long journey since 2007, I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. There has been a lot ups and down in the last 12 years in this format particularly. This has taught me so many lessons going forward.
“When you come into the team as a youngster, you are trying to learn things which happened quite smoothly at start. Then with few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player and understood my game really well.”
The 32-year-old has captained the Indian T20I team on 16 occasions, winning 12 of those matches.
The Nagpur man will also be looking to overtake Suresh Raina on the list of Indians with most runs in T20 cricket.
Rohit, who has 8321 runs, is third on the list behind Raina (8392) and Virat Kohli (8556).
Chris Gayle tops the overall list with 13,051 runs in T20 cricket.
Among men’s cricket, only Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (111 matches) has played more games than Rohit.
The game at Rajkot is a must-win for the hosts after the defeat at Delhi, and Rohit will be hoping to commemorate the occasion by leading his side to victory.
A fourth T20I century for Rohit Sharma!— ICC (@ICC) November 6, 2018
He is the first person to score more than three T20I hundreds 👏👏
What an innings from him, he ends on 111* from 61 balls.
India finish on 195/2 from their 20 overs.#INDvWI LIVE 👇https://t.co/lEbaAuflZv pic.twitter.com/LgzyfaBFJZ