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Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 27 years 364 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 21 30 7 894 124 38.86 1372 65.16 2 3 101 8 7 0
ODIs 83 48 13 609 65 17.40 672 90.62 0 1 59 5 24 0
T20Is 26 6 4 55 17* 27.50 47 117.02 0 0 6 1 5 0
First-class 56 75 19 2064 124 36.85 3444 59.93 4 10 278 9 22 0
List A 124 73 19 1028 79 19.03 1262 81.45 0 3 89 9 39 0
Twenty20 143 44 17 318 46 11.77 296 107.43 0 0 29 7 32 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 39 6330 3066 107 7/103 12/85 28.65 2.90 59.1 2 9 2
ODIs 83 82 4499 3663 113 3/24 3/24 32.41 4.88 39.8 0 0 0
T20Is 26 26 600 732 25 4/11 4/11 29.28 7.32 24.0 1 0 0
First-class 56 96 14824 6835 241 7/103 12/85 28.36 2.76 61.5 3 20 5
List A 124 123 6715 5185 163 3/24 3/24 31.80 4.63 41.1 0 0 0
Twenty20 143 141 3142 3548 148 4/11 4/11 23.97 6.77 21.2 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard
Last Test England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI England v India at Leeds, Sep 5, 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 England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard
Last List A England v India at Leeds, Sep 5, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 England v India at Birmingham, Sep 7, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/37 India v England Birmingham 7 Sep 2014 T20I # 405
1/49, 16 India v England Leeds 5 Sep 2014 ODI # 3525
1/48 India v England Birmingham 2 Sep 2014 ODI # 3523
3/39 India v England Nottingham 30 Aug 2014 ODI # 3520
10*, 2/38 India v England Cardiff 27 Aug 2014 ODI # 3517
18, 1/16 Indians v Middlesex Lord's 22 Aug 2014 Other OD
13, 3/72, 7 India v England The Oval 15 Aug 2014 Test # 2137
40, 0/29, 46* India v England Manchester 7 Aug 2014 Test # 2134
0/25, 0/37 Indians v Derbyshire Derby 1 Jul 2014 Other
0/10 Indians v Leics Leicester 26 Jun 2014 Other
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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Sep 7, 2014

Don't stand so close to me: R Ashwin shells a catch as Karn Sharma looks on, England v India, only T20, Edgbaston, September 7, 2014

Don't stand so close to me: R Ashwin shells a catch as Karn Sharma looks on

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Sep 5, 2014

R Ashwin celebrates his dismissal of Eoin Morgan, England v India, 5th ODI, Headingley, September 5, 2014

R Ashwin celebrates his dismissal of Eoin Morgan

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Aug 16, 2014

R Ashwin ended a two-year drought for a wicket overseas, England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day, August 16, 2014

R Ashwin ended a two-year drought for a wicket overseas

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Tour Results
India v England at Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
India v England at Mohali - Jan 23, 2013
India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
India v England at Ranchi - Jan 19, 2013
India won by 7 wickets (with 131 balls remaining)
India v England at Kochi - Jan 15, 2013
India won by 127 runs
India v England at Rajkot - Jan 11, 2013
England won by 9 runs
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