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Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

Born September 17, 1986, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu

Current age 28 years 95 days

Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Ravichandran Ashwin
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 22 32 7 948 124 37.92 1442 65.74 2 3 109 8 9 0
ODIs 87 49 13 609 65 16.91 673 90.49 0 1 59 5 25 0
T20Is 26 6 4 55 17* 27.50 47 117.02 0 0 6 1 5 0
First-class 57 77 19 2118 124 36.51 3514 60.27 4 10 286 9 24 0
List A 128 74 19 1028 79 18.69 1263 81.39 0 3 89 9 40 0
Twenty20 148 46 19 324 46 12.00 303 106.93 0 0 29 7 34 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 40 6532 3194 109 7/103 12/85 29.30 2.93 59.9 2 9 2
ODIs 87 86 4733 3863 119 3/24 3/24 32.46 4.89 39.7 0 0 0
T20Is 26 26 600 732 25 4/11 4/11 29.28 7.32 24.0 1 0 0
First-class 57 97 15026 6963 243 7/103 12/85 28.65 2.78 61.8 3 20 5
List A 128 127 6949 5385 169 3/24 3/24 31.86 4.64 41.1 0 0 0
Twenty20 148 146 3250 3694 153 4/11 4/11 24.14 6.81 21.2 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard
Last Test Australia v India at Brisbane, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 2014 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard
Last T20I England v India at Birmingham, Sep 7, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Tamil Nadu v Haryana at Chennai, Dec 9-12, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Australia v India at Brisbane, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard
Last List A India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Bangalore, Oct 4, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
35, 2/128, 19 India v Australia Brisbane 17 Dec 2014 Test # 2149
1/22, 6 Indians v CA XI Adelaide 24 Nov 2014 Other
2/56, 0 India v Sri Lanka Ranchi 16 Nov 2014 ODI # 3547
1/43 India v Sri Lanka Hyderabad (Deccan) 9 Nov 2014 ODI # 3543
2/49 India v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 6 Nov 2014 ODI # 3540
1/52 India v Sri Lanka Cuttack 2 Nov 2014 ODI # 3539
0/26 Super Kings v KKR Bangalore 4 Oct 2014 T20
2*, 1/33 Super Kings v Kings XI Hyderabad (Deccan) 2 Oct 2014 T20
3/20 Super Kings v Scorchers Bangalore 27 Sep 2014 T20
4*, 1/38 Super Kings v Dolphins Bangalore 22 Sep 2014 T20
Profile

R Ashwin is a tall offspinner who took the soduku ball, a finger-flicked tennis-ball legbreak, from the streets of Chennai and used it effectively in international cricket on a bigger, harder cricket ball. His inspiration was Ajantha Mendis' carrom ball. Even before Mendis had played for Sri Lanka and bamboozled India's heavyweight Test line-up in one series, this 21-year-old saw him in a game in Chennai and went home convinced it could be done with a cricket ball too. In his first season of first-class cricket back then, Ashwin put his long fingers to tireless work on that variation. Soon after Mendis had became a brief phenomenon, Ashwin unleashed it.

That carrom ball, an arm ball just as good, his control over his offbreaks, and a sharp brain made Ashwin a quintessential limited-overs spinner, but in Test cricket he followed a brief period of struggle, against England in 2012-13, with a return to classical offspin basics and began using the variations sparingly. Ashwin's success was what India desperately needed at a time when Anil Kumble had retired and Harbhajan Singh was on the wane.

Ashwin is one of the rare players who came into the public's reckoning through the IPL and yet was good enough to hold his own in bigger forms of cricket. For his IPL franchise, he opened the bowling, bowled at death, came on when wickets were required, and was the Man of the Series in the 2010 Champions League played in South Africa.

Ashwin's success in T20 cricket earned him a call-up to the national side, ODI firsts and inevitably the Tests in 2011-12. He was a part of the winning squad in the 2011 World Cup, but rarely got a chance ahead of Harbhajan. The senior offspinner, though, soon provided him with more opportunities and Ashwin kept on building a phenomenal body of work. He took nine wickets in his maiden Test, the second-highest by an Indian debutant after Narendra Hirwani's 16, and won the Man-of-the-Match award. It only got better: he registered nine five-fors in his first 16 Tests and was a genuine threat to Erapalli Prasanna's Indian record of the march to 100 wickets in 20 Tests.

An opener with the bat before he took up offspin, Ashwin is more than a handy lower-order batsman: he is correct, has the shots and scored a century in his first Test series.
Sidharth Monga

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Dec 18, 2014

R Ashwin rushes to celebrate Shane Watson's wicket, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, December 18, 2014

R Ashwin rushes to celebrate Shane Watson's wicket

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Dec 18, 2014

R Ashwin slashes on the off side, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, December 18, 2014

R Ashwin slashes on the off side

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Dec 18, 2014

R Ashwin plays the ball down leg side, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, December 18, 2014

R Ashwin plays the ball down leg side

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Group A: Baroda v J + K at Vadodara - Dec 21-24
J + K 266/6
Group B: Delhi v Rajasthan at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Rajasthan 141 Delhi 10/1
Group B: Haryana v Vidarbha at Rohtak - Dec 21-24
Vidarbha 101/3
Group C: Jharkhand v Tripura at Dhanbad - Dec 21-24
Jharkhand 142 Tripura 72/2
Group C: Kerala v Hyderabad at Wayanad - Dec 21-24
Hyderabad 225/7
Group B: Maharashtra v Punjab at Pune - Dec 21-24
Maharashtra 210 Punjab 26/1
Group A: Railways v Karnataka at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Karnataka 207/7
Group B: Saurashtra v Gujarat at Rajkot - Dec 21-24
Saurashtra 207 Gujarat 3/0
Group C: Services v Andhra at Delhi - Dec 21-24
Andhra 160/3
Group A: Tamil Nadu v M. Pradesh at Chennai - Dec 21-24
M. Pradesh 250/4
Group A: U. Pradesh v Mumbai at Kanpur - Dec 21-24
U. Pradesh 115/1
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