Ravichandran Ashwin      

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Current age 29 years 142 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 32 48 10 1204 124 31.68 2026 59.42 2 6 134 10 13 0
ODIs 102 58 18 658 65 16.45 760 86.57 0 1 59 5 30 0
T20Is 31 7 4 66 17* 22.00 62 106.45 0 0 7 1 5 0
First-class 67 93 22 2374 124 33.43 4098 57.93 4 13 311 11 28 0
List A 151 89 25 1176 79 18.37 1487 79.08 0 3 96 11 48 0
Twenty20 167 53 22 387 46 12.48 350 110.57 0 0 36 8 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 32 59 9224 4470 176 7/66 12/85 25.39 2.90 52.4 6 16 4
ODIs 102 101 5571 4507 142 4/25 4/25 31.73 4.85 39.2 1 0 0
T20Is 31 31 720 873 33 4/11 4/11 26.45 7.27 21.8 1 0 0
First-class 67 116 17718 8239 310 7/66 12/85 26.57 2.79 57.1 7 27 7
List A 151 150 8199 6273 206 4/25 4/25 30.45 4.59 39.8 1 0 0
Twenty20 167 164 3604 4063 171 4/11 4/11 23.76 6.76 21.0 2 0 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v India at Brisbane, Jan 15, 2016 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard
Last T20I Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 31, 2016 scorecard
T20I statistics
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 Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 31, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/36 India v Australia Sydney 31 Jan 2016 T20I # 489
1/27 India v Australia Melbourne 29 Jan 2016 T20I # 486
2/28 India v Australia Adelaide 26 Jan 2016 T20I # 485
1, 0/60 India v Australia Brisbane 15 Jan 2016 ODI # 3724
2/68 India v Australia Perth 12 Jan 2016 ODI # 3723
4, 2/32 Indians v WA XI Perth 9 Jan 2016 Other OD
0/20 Indians v WA XI Perth 8 Jan 2016 Other T20
3/51, 22 Tamil Nadu v Gujarat Alur 26 Dec 2015 LA
2/27, 7 Tamil Nadu v U. Pradesh Bangalore 24 Dec 2015 LA
18*, 0/8 Tamil Nadu v Rajasthan Hyderabad 18 Dec 2015 LA
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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Jan 26, 2016

R Ashwin is mobbed by his team-mates, Australia v India, 1st T20 international, Adelaide, January 26, 2016

R Ashwin is mobbed by his team-mates

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Dec 7, 2015

R Ashwin acknowledges his five-for, India v South Africa, 4th Test, Delhi, 5th day, December 7, 2015

R Ashwin acknowledges his five-for

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Dec 7, 2015

R Ashwin had JP Duminy lbw for a duck, India v South Africa, 4th Test, Delhi, 5th day, December 7, 2015

R Ashwin had JP Duminy lbw for a duck

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Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2014
Australia won by 84 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Jan 31, 2014
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Hobart - Jan 29, 2014
Australia won by 13 runs
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