Having played for the Chennai Super Kings for the first eight editions, this time the off-spinner will be seen playing for Kings XI Punjab. He was bought for a staggering 7.6 crore in the auctions.
"People tend to brand IPL as some sort of a villain to Indian cricket in a lot of ways. It depends how a cricketer address IPL," Ashwin was quoted as saying by Gulf News. "Any sort of monetary gain that IPL provides is a motivation to move ahead."
He also highlighted the fact that it gives a chance to players, to improve their standard of living, and also helps in improving their confidence. "It [IPL] is a massive move by the BCCI to do a tournament like this because it definitely gives a better lifestyle for the cricketer in terms of money. I am sure nothing brings confidence more than money brings to you. Upbringing of a kid matters a lot. How much it means to him to don those Indian colours and go out there and play and excel as a cricketer plays a big role. I have always looked at excellence, try and get better and win a game. When that is the motive I think money just becomes a by-product."
This season, Ashwin is looking to add leg-spin to his armoury, and hopes it will come out good in the IPL. "I used to bowl good leg-breaks with my off-spin action when I was playing league cricket in Chennai. This is part of my plan going into the IPL. I am trying to build a bigger armoury. That is part of it and getting good game time and doing it under pressure is important," he had told TOI earlier.
First Published: February 16, 2018, 10:27 AM IST