R Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always special

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first_imgR Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always specialR Ashwin will lead Kings XI Punjab against his former franchise Chennai Super Kings in his hometown in an Indian Premier League clash on Saturday. Ashwin’s men have made a strong start to IPL 2019, collecting six points from a possible eightadvertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 21:50 IST IPL 2019: R Ashwin will be leading Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings in his hometown on Saturday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin will lead KXIP against his former side CSK in Chennai on SaturdayPlaying in front of the Chennai crowd is always special for me: R AshwinKings XI Punjab have made a strong start to IPL 2019, winning three out of their first four matchesKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin on Thursday said he is looking forward to taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at his hometown in Chennai in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 tie on Saturday.Ashwin, speaking to AajTak, said Chennai is always special to him but insisted that the game against Chennai Super Kings away from home is crucial to him and his Kings XI teammates.Ashwin rose to prominence during his days with Chennai Super Kings. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner played an integral role in CSK’s two IPL title-winning campaigns.However, ahead of IPL 2018, Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab, who named the off-spinner as their captain. Ashwin didn’t have the opportunity to lead KXIP against CSK in Chennai last year as CSK had played six of their seven ‘home’ games in Pune after matches were shifted out of Chepauk due to Cauvery River dispute.”Playing in front of the Chennai crowd is always special for me. I have done some incredible things at my home ground. In fact, I had led CSK to a Super Over against Kings XI long, long time ago in 2010,” Ashwin said.He added: “But look we are all professional cricketers. Today, as of now where we stand is very important. We should look at this from the perspective of how the IPL stands. It’s very important for us to continue what we’ve been doing. Our emphasis, more than anything else, is about enjoying ourselves. Not putting too much pressure on ourselves.advertisement”Yes, it’s a very important game for me. I have always looked forward to coming back and playing in Chepauk.”A chat with our title sponsors, @aajtakFrom dressing room to the newsroom, our players roar wherever they go! #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/iMMEsMFdxyKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 4, 2019Ashwin elated with KXIP bowling effortMeanwhile, Ashwin also lauded his bowlers for holding their nerves in pressure situations in IPL 2019. Kings XI Punjab are on top of the Indian Premier League table with three wins from four matches.Kings XI made a stunning comeback in their 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on April 1 as they picked up the Capitals’ last seven wickets while conceding just eight runs in their defence of a 166-run total.Heaping praise on the likes of Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami, Ashwin added: “I look, I mean, in this format you definitely need a bit of luck. But it’s very easy to throw in the towel when the game gets close but our bowling unit stuck it out. The credit needs to be given to our bowling unit.”That’s one of the reasons why we went hard behind Mohammed Shami. We knew Sam Curran is a combination player for us, we want hard despite people saying a lot of things. We wanted to create a conducive environment where youth and experience together creates a joyful atmosphere.”Also Read | R Ashwin opens up on Mankading row: People will keep giving opinionsAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019last_img

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