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Full name Ravichandran Ashwin
Born September 17, 1986, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Current age 27 years 350 days
Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu
Playing role 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||England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Harare, Jun 5, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at Birmingham, Sep 2, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Tamil Nadu v Haryana at Chennai, Dec 9-12, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Andhra v Tamil Nadu at Secunderabad, Feb 10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v India at Birmingham, Sep 2, 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|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/48||India||v England||Birmingham||2 Sep 2014||ODI # 3523|
|3/39||India||v England||Nottingham||30 Aug 2014||ODI # 3520|
|10*, 2/38||India||v England||Cardiff||27 Aug 2014||ODI # 3517|
|18, 1/16||Indians||v Middlesex||Lord's||22 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|13, 3/72, 7||India||v England||The Oval||15 Aug 2014||Test # 2137|
|40, 0/29, 46*||India||v England||Manchester||7 Aug 2014||Test # 2134|
|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|
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.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge