Ravichandran Ashwin overview

Ashwin was born in West Mambalam, Chennai in 1986 to a Tamil family. He is not the first cricketer in the family, his father Ravichandran played cricket at the club level as a fast bowler. Ashwin did his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala bhavan and St. Bede's Anglo Indian higher secondary school. Then he did his B. tech in information technology from SSN College of Engineering. Ashwin’s career took from St. Bede’s cricket academy. Coaches Chandra and C.K Vijay noticed an early spark in the boy and helped him change his bowling style from medium pace to off-spin.

Ashwin is the only bowler in the world other than Ajantha Mendis who can bowl a carrom ball. Not only he is tremendous spinner but also an effective tail ender. R Ashwin has 4 test centuries under his belt. He walked into the team as an off-spinner and gradually built his image as a bowler who can bat.

After seeing the likes of Kumble and Harbhajan all these years, expectations were high from this young lad from Chennai. The shoes he was going to fill belonged to the legends of Indian cricket and naturally Ashwin did not have it easy during his early years. It took a whole good season at the domestic level for him to get noticed by the BCCI.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 78 109 14 2656 124 27.96 4948 53.68 5 0 11 304 16
ODI 111 61 19 675 65 16.07 776 86.98 0 0 1 59 6
T20 46 11 7 123 31 30.75 115 106.96 0 0 0 14 1
IPL 154 58 20 412 45 10.84 373 110.46 0 0 0 35 11

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 78 146 21520 10099 409 7/59 13/140 2.82 24.69 52.62 30 7
ODI 111 109 6021 4937 150 4/25 4/25 4.92 32.91 40.14 0 0
T20 46 46 1026 1193 52 4/8 4/8 6.98 22.94 19.73 0 0
IPL 154 151 3230 3700 138 4/34 4/34 6.87 26.81 23.41 0 0

Early signs

Ashwin started out as an opening batsman, he used to open for India -under 17 before getting replaced by Rohit Sharma due to lack of consistency. He was a medium fast bowler, but his coaches saw the off spinner in him and guided him to switch to spin bowling, following which he became a specialist bowler for Tamil Nadu and south Zone. His consistency at the domestic level was at its peak in 2009, he also led Tamil Nadu to the domestic One-day trophy. Soon, he landed a contract from the BCCI. He got called for the first two games in the series against South Africa as a replacement for Harbhajan Singh, but he did not get his test cap in that series, he had to wait for a little longer.

ODI Career

He had an impressive run in the IPL 2010 edition, which earned him a place in the national side which toured Zimbabwe in May 2010. He finally made his debut against Sri Lanka on June 5th, 2010. In November, New Zealand was playing India at home, India finished a 5-0 nil whitewash with Ashwin as the leading wicket-taker of the series with 11 wickets. Another highlight of his career was the 20-over final in the ICC champions trophy in 2013 where he took two crucial wickets, giving away just 15 runs in the four overs he got to bowl. He was also the member of the world cup winning squad in 2011 world cup where he made his debut in a crucial game against the west Indies, he finished with figures 2/41 in 10 overs.

Test career

He made his debut in the crucial format of cricket against West Indies at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Nov 06, 2011, since his debut he has played 71 matches and scored 2389 runs at a strike rate of 54.62.He has also scalped 365 wickets with his unique bowling style at a Economy rate of 2.84.

IPL career

A bowler hailing from Tamil Nadu, Ashwin was picked by his Home side CSK - Chennai in the IPL in 2009. He played just two matches in that season and started get noticed in the following season because of his unique ‘carrom ball’. Ashwin took 13 wickets in that season. In the next season, he was re-picked by the Super Kings after a heavy battle at the auctions against the RCB - Bangalore. He proved his price was right by picking up 20 wickets in that season. In 2018, Ashwin was picked by the King XI Punjab and was named their captain. Since then, he has been looking to try his hands at the IPL trophy.

T20 Career

Ashwin made his T20 debut in Harare against Zimbabwe and took 1 wicket giving away 22 runs in four overs. This performance got noticed and he was selected to play a tri-series against hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The team was travelling with two other spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha. They were preferred over him and he had to wait for another chance to come. The next chance came in 2014 at the ICC T20 World cup and then at the Asia Cup in the same year. Ashwin’s performance earned him a place in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2014 World Cup.

ICC Trophies

Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler and the second-fastest overall to scalp 200 Test wickets He is also the fastest Indian bowler and 5th fastest in the world to reach 100 Test wickets from 18 matches. Ashwin is the first Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in the same Test match on two separate instances. Ashwin is the third Indian cricketer to be awarded the Man of the Match on debut. Ashwin has registered the second-best bowling on debut by an Indian bowler with 9/128. He is the fastest Indian to record 50 wickets in Test matches (9 games). Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker for India in a four-Test series (28 wickets). India's highest in Tests for the seventh wicket -280-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Ashwin in 2013. It was also the second-highest partnership for India against West Indies for any wicket in Tests. He is the first Indian to take 50 T20I wickets. He is the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket for India with 52 wickets. Ashwin has most Man-of-the-Series Award (6) He is fastest to 20th five-wicket haul. Ashwin is also the fastest to reach 250 test wickets. He was the highest wicket-taker for India in a single domestic season (64). Ashwin is the fastest bowler to take 25 fifers. Ashwin has most number of wickets by a bowler in a home season (79). He is the fastest Indian to 150 wickets. He is the fastest Indian and second overall to get 200 wickets. He is the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in his 54th Test. Ashwin is the ‘Willy Fox’ India has always been looking for. Many great spinners have made their mark on this world and Ashwin is right up there if you compare him to the spinners of other generation. In 2010, after the New Zealand whitewash, then Captain Gautam Gambhir referred to Ashwin as ‘the find’ and truly Ashwin has proved his worth as a world-class off spinner who can also bat when the need arises

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