Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Sehwag backs fresh Indian bench strength to fire for KXIP

Sehwag backs fresh Indian bench strength to fire for KXIP

Earlier, the franchise appointed off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as their skipper for the edition.

"I will go about my job as the situation demands". However, he will also have the services of mentor Sehwag and senior player Yuvraj. I have played under a lot of captains.

"For me, it is all about incorporating whatever I have learnt over the years". The coach (WV Raman) told me to lead the side. "But this is the first time I am captaining a T20 side", said Ashwin who was previously with Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants. It was a different experience and I have a decent captaincy record too. In T20 cricket, all bowlers go for runs, irrespective of their reputations. I see it as a lot of responsibility in terms of trying to get the bowlers up to speed, especially in this day and age in T20 when nearly every bowler goes for runs irrespective of the quality of the bowler. "We will approach it that way".

The off-spinner was obviously not happy when he was asked whether he was depending on his IPL performance to make a comeback in the national team in the shorter versions of the game. I believe that there should be some Indian players in your team, who are still active and playing in some form.

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"We have spent so much money on the players this year, I hope it bears fruit. So if they could win us 3-4 matches, it's good for us", Sehwag said.

"Having played worldwide cricket for close to 10 years, I don't think I will have an issue (handling the senior players)".

"Last few years, our Indian players were not that good except Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel", he added. "It's not about today or tomorrow but we have two years ahead of us and I am confident we can shape this team into a really strong unit", Ashwin said at Kings XI Punjab's jersey launch.This will be the first time Ashwin will be leading a team in T20 but he has captained Tamil Nadu before, in fact he led a team bereft of stars.

Often tagged as one of the inconsistent sides of the tournament, the Kings XI Punjab had their best outing under George Bailey's leadership in 2014 but just could not cross the final hurdle. Then, we have have explosive openers in Gayle and [Aaron] Finch, and down the order, we have David Miller.

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