Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 28 years 167 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 24 36 8 1007 124 35.96 1613 62.43 2 4 115 8 11 0
ODIs 91 52 16 629 65 17.47 699 89.98 0 1 59 5 26 0
T20Is 26 6 4 55 17* 27.50 47 117.02 0 0 6 1 5 0
First-class 59 81 20 2177 124 35.68 3685 59.07 4 11 292 9 26 0
List A 132 77 22 1048 79 19.05 1289 81.30 0 3 89 9 41 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 24 44 7360 3650 119 7/103 12/85 30.67 2.97 61.8 3 9 2
ODIs 91 90 4955 4024 128 4/25 4/25 31.43 4.87 38.7 1 0 0
T20Is 26 26 600 732 25 4/11 4/11 29.28 7.32 24.0 1 0 0
First-class 59 101 15854 7419 253 7/103 12/85 29.32 2.80 62.6 4 20 5
List A 132 131 7171 5546 178 4/25 4/25 31.15 4.64 40.2 1 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 Sydney, Jan 6-10, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI India v United Arab Emirates at Perth, Feb 28, 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 Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 6-10, 2015 scorecard
List A debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard
Last List A India v United Arab Emirates at Perth, Feb 28, 2015 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
4/25 India v U.A.E. Perth 28 Feb 2015 ODI # 3618
5*, 3/41 India v South Africa Melbourne 22 Feb 2015 ODI # 3610
1*, 1/41 India v Pakistan Adelaide 15 Feb 2015 ODI # 3602
1/37 India v Afghanistan Adelaide 10 Feb 2015 Other OD
0/29, 1 India v Australia Adelaide 8 Feb 2015 Other OD
14*, 1/54 India v Australia Melbourne 18 Jan 2015 ODI # 3582
1/142, 50, 4/105, 1 India v Australia Sydney 6 Jan 2015 Test # 2156
3/134, 0, 2/75, 8* India v Australia Melbourne 26 Dec 2014 Test # 2152
35, 2/128, 19 India v Australia Brisbane 17 Dec 2014 Test # 2149
1/22, 6 Indians v CA Inv XI Adelaide 24 Nov 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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Feb 28, 2015

R Ashwin finished with 4 for 25, his first four-for in ODIs, India v United Arab Emirates, World Cup 2015, Group B, Perth, February 28, 2015

R Ashwin finished with 4 for 25, his first four-for in ODIs

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Feb 28, 2015

R Ashwin troubled the UAE batsmen with turn and bounce, India v United Arab Emirates, World Cup 2015, Group B, Perth, February 28, 2015

R Ashwin troubled the UAE batsmen with turn and bounce

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Feb 22, 2015

R Ashwin roars after taking a wicket, India v South Africa, World Cup 2015, Group B, Melbourne, February 22, 2015

R Ashwin roars after taking a wicket

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Tour Results
India v New Zealand at Chennai - Sep 11, 2012
New Zealand won by 1 run
India v New Zealand at Visakhapatnam - Sep 8, 2012
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
India v New Zealand at Bangalore - Aug 31-Sep 3, 2012
India won by 5 wickets
India v New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Aug 23-26, 2012
India won by an innings and 115 runs
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