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Ravichandran Ashwin
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Ravichandran Ashwin

India|Bowling allrounder
Ravichandran Ashwin

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2021

Full Name

Ravichandran Ashwin

Born

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

Age

35y 35d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Bowling allrounder

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test7914821670101444137/5913/14024.562.8052.4019307
ODI111109602149371504/254/2532.914.9140.10100
T20I464610261193524/84/822.946.9719.70200
FC13524036206166996557/5913/14025.492.7655.20274911
List A171169923271212304/254/2530.964.6240.10100
T20260257556264432554/84/825.266.9521.80400
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test7911114268512427.68499453.7651130716270
ODI11161196756516.0777686.9801596300
T20I4611712331*30.75115106.950014180
FC13518831459712429.28846054.3372256922520
List A1711012613147917.52170377.150410312490
T2026096377954613.47696114.22007319610
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R Ashwin celebrates an Australian wicket with his team-mates
Ravichandran Ashwin in his delivery stride
R Ashwin picked up the first two wickets
R Ashwin goes on a celebratory run after dismissing Shakib Al Hasan
R Ashwin is bowled by Shardul Thakur
R Ashwin completes a caught and bowled to send Robin Uthappa back