Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 28 years 347 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 27 41 9 1040 124 32.50 1668 62.35 2 4 118 9 12 0
ODIs 99 57 18 657 65 16.84 758 86.67 0 1 59 5 30 0
T20Is 26 6 4 55 17* 27.50 47 117.02 0 0 6 1 5 0
First-class 62 86 21 2210 124 34.00 3740 59.09 4 11 295 10 27 0
List A 140 82 24 1076 79 18.55 1348 79.82 0 3 89 9 45 0
Twenty20 162 52 22 376 46 12.53 335 112.23 0 0 35 8 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 27 50 8068 4023 141 7/103 12/85 28.53 2.99 57.2 4 12 3
ODIs 99 98 5429 4365 139 4/25 4/25 31.40 4.82 39.0 1 0 0
T20Is 26 26 600 732 25 4/11 4/11 29.28 7.32 24.0 1 0 0
First-class 62 107 16562 7792 275 7/103 12/85 28.33 2.82 60.2 5 23 6
List A 140 139 7645 5887 189 4/25 4/25 31.14 4.62 40.4 1 0 0
Twenty20 162 159 3484 3922 163 4/11 4/11 24.06 6.75 21.3 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (PSS), Aug 20-24, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Jun 24, 2015 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 Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (PSS), Aug 20-24, 2015 scorecard
List A debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard
Last List A Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Jun 24, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata, May 24, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2, 2/76, 19, 5/42 India v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 20 Aug 2015 Test # 2177
6/46, 7, 4/114, 3 India v Sri Lanka Galle 12 Aug 2015 Test # 2176
23, 2/8, 0, 3/38 Indians v SL Pres. XI Colombo (RPS) 6 Aug 2015 Other
2/35 India v Bangladesh Dhaka 24 Jun 2015 ODI # 3661
4, 1/32 India v Bangladesh Dhaka 21 Jun 2015 ODI # 3660
3/51, 0 India v Bangladesh Dhaka 18 Jun 2015 ODI # 3658
2*, 5/87, 0/8 India v Bangladesh Fatullah 10 Jun 2015 Test # 2165
0/21, 2 Super Kings v Mum Indians Kolkata 24 May 2015 T20
1/13, 1* Super Kings v RCB Ranchi 22 May 2015 T20
0/22, 23 Super Kings v Mum Indians Mumbai 19 May 2015 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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Aug 24, 2015

R Ashwin left many Sri Lankan batsmen struggling, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo, 5th day, August 24, 2015

R Ashwin left many Sri Lankan batsmen struggling

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Aug 24, 2015

R Ashwin registered his 12th five-for in Tests, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo, 5th day, August 24, 2015

R Ashwin registered his 12th five-for in Tests

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Aug 24, 2015

R Ashwin dismissed Kumar Sangakkara in each of his last four Test innings, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo, 5th day, August 24, 2015

R Ashwin dismissed Kumar Sangakkara in each of his last four Test innings

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Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Test: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 28-Sep 1
India 312 & 21/3 (8.1 ov) Sri Lanka 201
Group B: Andhra v Mumbai in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group A: Assam v Karnataka in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group C: Goa v Hyderabad in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group C: J + K v Kerala in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group A: Maharashtra v Haryana in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group B: Punjab v Railways in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group A: Rajasthan v Delhi in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group C: Saurashtra v Tripura in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group C: Services v Jharkhand in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group B: Tamil Nadu v Baroda in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group B: U. Pradesh v M. Pradesh in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
Group A: Vidarbha v Odisha in India (venue TBA)
Oct 1-4, 2015 (04:00 GMT | 10:21 EDT | 09:21 CDT | 07:21 PDT)
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