"TNPL is taking baby steps and we, as a franchise, have put in a lot of hard work behind the team. This season, I personally handpicked each player and have assembled a good, all-round team. We also have a few players who might be the X-factor. I would be surprised if they go any less than what I expect from them," said Ashwin at the event.
About the yellow and blue jersey, he said, "We were yellow and orange last year and this year we are yellow and blue, trying to synchronise
with the cricket-loving city."
"I am very delighted to have a very young and vibrant team this season. For the last two weeks, the boys have been training hard and getting into shape. We hope that they get on to the field with good fitness and show the firepower,' said former India cricketer and Dragons' coach M Venkataramana.
Ashwin will play in the first half of the tournament after which he will be travelling to England for the Test series. Dindigul Dragons vice-captain N Jagadeesan will be leading the team in Ashwin's absence.
Speaking at the event, Jagadeesan thanked the franchise for showing faith in him. "This franchise has been very special for me right from the start because only by playing here I came under the spotlight. In the upcoming season, we are sure to play well and win the trophy," he said.