Ravichandran Ashwin is learning new tricks as he prepares to lead Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Ravichandran Ashwin was named skipper of Kings XI Punjab for IPL 11.
This will be a comeback of sorts to domestic cricket for Ashwin. He had decided to opt out of the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy as he was adviced a week's rest.
Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has been named as Ashwin's replacement in the squad to be led by Ankit Bawne as captain of the India A team.
Deodhar Trophy will be played in Dharamsala from March 4-8.
Ravichandran Ashwin was on Tuesday named captain of Kings XI Punjab franchise for IPL 2018.
Ravichandran Ashwin was chosen KXIP skipper ahead of India veteran Yuvraj Singh.
Ravichandran Ashwin was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.6 crore in the IPL 2018 Player Auction.
Ravichandran Ashwin had earlier reacted badly to Herschelle Gibbs joke about his running.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Herschelle Gibbs were involved in an exchange which eventually turned sour.
While Ashwin is India's preferred spinner in Tests, the emergence of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has resulted in him losing out on his place in limited-overs cricket.
While many cricket experts wanted the team management to give a long rope to Kuldeep and Chahal for their fearless approach and wicket-taking abilities, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun recently said that the "race is not over yet" for Ashwin and Jadeja.
India's bowling coach Bharat Arun on Friday countered Virat Kohli by saying that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are still "not out of the race".
Ravichandran Ashwin described Virat Kohli as a captain with a fierce winning mentality, adding that his positive body language always rubs off on the other players.
There hasn't been an IPL auction of this magnitude since the inception year of 2008 where so many premier Indian stars were up for grabs.
India cricketers Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin also took to Twitter and wished their followers on country's 69th Republic Day.
The list has 16 marquee players from India and overseas headlining the big pool of 578 players that will go under the hammer on Jan 27 and 28 in Bengaluru.