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Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 28 years 247 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 96 55 18 653 65 17.64 747 87.41 0 1 59 5 29 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 137 80 24 1072 79 19.14 1337 80.17 0 3 89 9 44 0
Twenty20 160 50 21 373 46 12.86 330 113.03 0 0 35 8 37 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 96 95 5249 4247 133 4/25 4/25 31.93 4.85 39.4 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 137 136 7465 5769 183 4/25 4/25 31.52 4.63 40.7 1 0 0
Twenty20 160 157 3448 3888 162 4/11 4/11 24.00 6.76 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 Australia v India at Sydney, Mar 26, 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 Australia v India at Sydney, Mar 26, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Mumbai, May 19, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/22, 23 Super Kings v Mum Indians Mumbai 19 May 2015 T20
1/14 Super Kings v Kings XI Mohali 16 May 2015 T20
0/24 Super Kings v Daredevils Raipur 12 May 2015 T20
- Super Kings v Royals Chennai 10 May 2015 T20
2/17 Super Kings v Mum Indians Chennai 8 May 2015 T20
9*, 2/5 Super Kings v KKR Chennai 28 Apr 2015 T20
2/14 Super Kings v Kings XI Chennai 25 Apr 2015 T20
5, 0/17 Super Kings v RCB Bangalore 22 Apr 2015 T20
0/21 Super Kings v Royals Ahmedabad 19 Apr 2015 T20
0/13 Super Kings v Mum Indians Mumbai 17 Apr 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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May 22, 2015

R Ashwin fields off his own bowling, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015, Qualifier 2, Ranchi, May 22, 2015

R Ashwin fields off his own bowling

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May 16, 2015

R Ashwin is congratulated after a wicket, Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2015, Mohali, May 16, 2015

R Ashwin is congratulated after a wicket

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May 8, 2015

R Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Parthiv Patel, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2015, Chennai, May 8, 2015

R Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Parthiv Patel

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Tour Results
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Mar 22-26, 2013
Match drawn
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Mar 14-18, 2013
Match drawn
New Zealand v England at Dunedin - Mar 6-10, 2013
Match drawn
NZ XI v England XI at Queenstown - Feb 27-Mar 2, 2013
NZ XI won by 3 wickets
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 23, 2013
England won by 5 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
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