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Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 27 years 309 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 19 26 6 788 124 39.40 1248 63.14 2 3 91 6 6 0
ODIs 79 46 12 583 65 17.14 648 89.96 0 1 56 5 22 0
T20Is 25 6 4 55 17* 27.50 47 117.02 0 0 6 1 5 0
First-class 54 71 18 1958 124 36.94 3320 58.97 4 10 268 7 21 0
List A 120 71 18 1002 79 18.90 1238 80.93 0 3 86 9 37 0
Twenty20 142 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 19 37 6117 2965 104 7/103 12/85 28.50 2.90 58.8 2 9 2
ODIs 79 78 4264 3489 106 3/24 3/24 32.91 4.90 40.2 0 0 0
T20Is 25 25 576 695 25 4/11 4/11 27.80 7.23 23.0 1 0 0
First-class 54 94 14611 6734 238 7/103 12/85 28.29 2.76 61.3 3 20 5
List A 120 119 6480 5011 156 3/24 3/24 32.12 4.63 41.5 0 0 0
Twenty20 142 140 3118 3511 148 4/11 4/11 23.72 6.75 21.0 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 18-22, 2013 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI Afghanistan v India at Dhaka, Mar 5, 2014 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard
Last T20I India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Tamil Nadu v Haryana at Chennai, Dec 9-12, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 18-22, 2013 scorecard
List A debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard
Last List A Bengal v Tamil Nadu at Kolkata, Mar 11, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab at Mumbai, May 30, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/25, 0/37 Indians v Derbyshire Derby 1 Jul 2014 Other
0/10 Indians v Leics Leicester 26 Jun 2014 Other
1/44, 10 Super Kings v Kings XI Mumbai 30 May 2014 T20
1/26 Super Kings v Mum Indians Mumbai (BS) 28 May 2014 T20
1/33 Super Kings v RCB Bangalore 24 May 2014 T20
0/29 Super Kings v Sunrisers Ranchi 22 May 2014 T20
0/24 Super Kings v KKR Kolkata 20 May 2014 T20
2/16 Super Kings v RCB Ranchi 18 May 2014 T20
1/39, 14 Super Kings v Royals Ranchi 13 May 2014 T20
3/30, 0* Super Kings v Mum Indians Mumbai 10 May 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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Jun 2, 2014

R Ashwin receives the Indian Player of the Year award from VVS Laxman at the CEAT Awards, Mumbai, June 2, 2014

R Ashwin receives the Indian Player of the Year award from VVS Laxman at the CEAT Awards

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May 30, 2014

R Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Glenn Maxwell, Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Qualifier 2, Mumbai, May 30, 2014

R Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Glenn Maxwell

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May 18, 2014

R Ashwin exults after a wicket, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers  Bangalore, IPL 2014, Ranchi, May 18, 2014

R Ashwin exults after a wicket

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