KXIP captain Ashwin: I want to learn a few things from Varun

One may feel that there is nothing more to complete the package that he is; but he is eager to evolve.

“I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team," says Ashwin.   -  Vivek Bendre

Looking at Ravichandran Ashwin’s different release points, angles, shapes, trajectories, occasional leg-breaks and strategies with spin, one may feel that there is nothing more to complete the package that he is; but he is eager to evolve.

He wants to learn a trick or two from youngster Varun Chakravarthy. “I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team. I am quite excited to have them. I have seen M. Ashwin very closely, he also plays in my league side in TNCA. I know Varun did well in the TNPL.

“It [their selection] covers one facet of the department concerning spin. It is something I can watch closely and mentor. I am looking forward to learning a few things from Varun,” he reasoned.

Ashwin’s hunger for success sets him apart. “IPL is a great opportunity. I really want to enjoy myself and excel in it.”

The squad

Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Agnivesh Ayachi, Sam Curran, Chris Gayle, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, K. L. Rahul, Ankit Rajpoot, Simran Singh, Andrew Tye, Varun Chakravarthy and Hardus Viljoen.