The impressive start to his trip to Delhi Capitals on Saturday by Ravichandran Ashwin ended on a disappointing note as the off-spinner walked out of the field after injuring his shoulder. The off-spinner was against Kings XI Punjab, his former side, and he could not have asked for a better start. Ravichandran Ashwin, having led the franchise in the last two seasons, struck on the very first ball to dismiss Karun Nair. He sent back the dangerous Nicholas Pooran for a duck three balls later to reduce Kings XI Punjab to 34 for 3 in the 6th over.
However, he seemed to have dislocated his shoulder on the very next ball. A straight drive was played by Glenn Maxwell and the spinner made a dive to try to save the ball. He landed awkwardly, however, and hurt his left shoulder. Although holding his left shoulder before walking off the field, he was soon seen grimacing in agony. On the floor, Ajinkya Rahane replaced him. Delhi Capitals hopes that the accident is not extreme. For a good number of games, a dislocated shoulder could sideline the spinner.
Meanwhile, earlier in the match, the Delhi Capitals rode on Marcus Stoinis to rebound from a poor start and post 157 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Ultimately, with the aid of seven fours and three sixes, he scored 53 off 21 balls. There were also main knocks by Shreyas Iyer (39) and Rishabh Pant (31). Mohammed Shami was the best of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 15 runs for Kings XI Punjab.
Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin started his career at the Delhi Capitals quite dramatically. In DC’s opening match of the Indian Premier League’s ongoing season against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, Ashwin came into the 5th over the attack and picked up two wickets. In fast succession, Karun Nair and the dangerous Nicholas Pooran were dismissed by the bowler.