Full name Ravichandran Ashwin
Born September 17, 1986, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Current age 29 years 231 days
Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiants, Tamil Nadu
Playing role Bowling allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v South Africa at Delhi, Dec 3-7, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Brisbane, Jan 15, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v West Indies at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Tamil Nadu v Haryana at Chennai, Dec 9-12, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v South Africa at Delhi, Dec 3-7, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Australia v India at Brisbane, Jan 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Delhi Daredevils v Rising Pune Supergiants at Delhi, May 5, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/34||Supergiants||v Daredevils||Delhi||5 May 2016||T20|
|1/21||Supergiants||v Mum Indians||Pune||1 May 2016||T20|
|0/37||Supergiants||v Guj Lions||Pune||29 Apr 2016||T20|
|1/14||Supergiants||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||26 Apr 2016||T20|
|0/21||Supergiants||v KKR||Pune||24 Apr 2016||T20|
|0/22, 0||Supergiants||v RCB||Pune||22 Apr 2016||T20|
|1*, 0/27||Supergiants||v Kings XI||Mohali||17 Apr 2016||T20|
|0/26||Supergiants||v Guj Lions||Rajkot||14 Apr 2016||T20|
|1/7||Supergiants||v Mum Indians||Mumbai||9 Apr 2016||T20|
|0/20||India||v West Indies||Mumbai||31 Mar 2016||T20I # 556|
R Ashwin came into the public's reckoning through the IPL, but soon enough, he began to hold his own even in international cricket. A tall offspinner, Ashwin opened the bowling for Chennai Super Kings, bowled at death, came on when wickets were required, and was the Man of the Series in the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 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 Singh. But, Ashwin kept on building a phenomenal body of work and his rapid development as a bowler coincided with Harbhajan's fading fortunes.
Ashwin took nine wickets in his maiden Test against West Indies, the second-highest by an Indian debutant after Narendra Hirwani's 16, and won the Man-of-the-Match award. It only got better from there: he registered nine five-fors in his first 16 Tests and in 2013, broke Erapalli Prasanna's Indian record for the fastest to 100 Test wickets by reaching the landmark in his 18th game.
His carrom ball, an arm ball just as good, his control over his offbreaks, and a sharp brain has made Ashwin a quintessential limited-overs spinner. In Test cricket, however, he endured a brief period of struggle after not being able to replicate his success in subcontinental conditions overseas. In December 2013, Ashwin went wicketless for 36 overs in Johannesburg as India failed to bowl out South Africa, who nearly accomplished a chase of 458 in over four-and-a-half-sessions. He was made to sit out for six Tests after that, and when India went to Australia in late 2014, he was not picked for the first Test in Adelaide.
Ashwin, however, effected minor tweaks to his bowling, mainly zeroing in on a comfortable action, and recaptured his glorious form to finish with 31 wickets in India's 3-0 series win against South Africa at home in November-December 2015. 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 two Test centuries. He had a decent outing in the 2016 World T20, but in a crucial moment in the semi-final, he overstepped and reprieved the dangerous Lendl Simmons, paving the way for West Indies' win and India's exit.
In the IPL, with the Super Kings having been suspended for two years, Ashwin was picked up by Rising Pune Super Giants in the 2016 player draft for INR 7.5 crore.
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