KL Rahul's ascendancy to captaincy was expected after Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals last month
India opener KL Rahul was on Thursday named captain of the Kings XI Punjab franchise for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
"We are happy to appoint Rahul as our captain for the upcoming season. He has been through a lot in the last year or so and has now come back strongly," KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia told PTI on the day of the IPL auction in Kolkata.
"He has silenced his critics. You will get to see his ability not just as a batsman but also as a captain. He was our unanimous choice," he added.
KXIP had bought Rahul for a whopping Rs 11 crore ahead of the 2018 season.
Rahul's ascendancy to captaincy was expected after Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals last month.
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had said that IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. However, the PCB is not happy it.
A number of former players also questioned Mumbai’s decision to splurge such a huge amount on one player. Kapil Dev added that Kishan felt the heat of the price tag and he played with the pressure of having to perform.
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