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Ravichandran Ashwin

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, India Blue, India Green, India Red, Rest of India, South Zone, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Pune, Dindigul Dragons
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
56
Bowling:
2
Batting:
0
Bowling:
20
Batting:
0
Bowling:
10
Home country:
India
Born:
September 17, 1986, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Profile

Ravichandran Ashwin has taken spin bowling to another level. India needed a quality spinner in the wake of Anil Kumble’s retirement and Harbhajan Singh’s dip in form. While Ashwin didn’t get instant success, over a period of time he developed into a top-class off spinner. He followed the path of Kumble in giving up a flourishing engineering career to pursue cricket.


Ashwin enjoyed a brilliant 2006-07 debut domestic season with Tamil Nadu. However, the off-spinner showed his mettle during his comeback in 2008, first with Chennai in the Indian T20 league and then with stellar performances for Tamil Nadu with both bat and ball.


After having made it to the ODI team in early 2010, Ashwin wasn't a part of the playing eleven initially. But with his exploits in the Indian T20 league, he was awarded another chance and he responded with a quickfire 38 on debut against Sri Lanka. He was given a surprise entry into the 15-member Indian team for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup as a supporting spinner to the then spearhead, Harbhajan Singh.


Ashwin enjoyed a dream Test debut, picking up nine wickets against West Indies, the second best match figures for an Indian bowler on debut, behind Narendra Hirwani's 16. The development and use of the carrom ball by Ashwin gave him a sharper edge. An opening batsman by aspiration, Ashwin couldn't realise that goal but turned into an important all-rounder for India, especially in Tests with two centuries against West Indies.


Early in 2017, Ashwin surpassed the Aussie legend Dennis Lillee by becoming the fastest player to reach 250 wickets (in 45 Tests). With 82 wickets in the 2016-17 season, he went past Dale Steyn’s record for the most scalps in a single season.


Besides being a great bowler, Ashwin is very effective as a batsman and finished 2016 as the No.1 Test all-rounder in the ICC rankings before being toppled by Shakib Al Hasan in March 2017. Often with centuries and half-centuries, especially in Tests, he has spoiled many an opposition team’s party. India’s spin future is in great hands with Ashwin around!


Fast Facts

  • Fastest in the world to take 250 Test wickets
  • Fastest Indian to take 100 and 200 Test wickets in 18 and 37 Tests
  • Took 9 wickets on Test debut, joint second highest for an Indian bowler
  • ICC Cricketer of the Year & ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, both in 2016
  • Recipient of the Arjuna award in 2014
  • Most Test wickets in a single season


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 52 72 2035 10 32.82 55.41 4 11 124
ODI 111 61 675 19 16.07 86.98 0 1 65
T20 46 11 123 7 30.75 106.95 0 0 31*
IPL 111 37 231 15 10.50 96.25 0 0 29
CLT20 24 9 98 5 24.50 160.65 0 0 46
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 52 98 15314 7377 292 7/59 / 25.26 2.89 10 26 7 2
ODI 111 109 6021 4937 150 4/25 / 32.91 4.91 1 0 0 114
T20 46 46 1026 1193 52 4/8 / 22.94 6.97 2 0 0 40
IPL 111 108 2290 2499 100 4/34 / 24.99 6.54 1 0 0 69
CLT20 24 24 536 665 30 4/18 / 22.16 7.44 1 0 0 16
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 20 0 4
ODI 30 0 3
T20 8 0 0
IPL 23 0 4
CLT20 7 0 1

Career

Span:
Test:
2011-2017
 
ODI:
2010-2017
 
T20:
2010-2017
 
IPL:
2009-2016
 
CLT20:
2010-2014
Test
Debut:
India Vs West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Nov 06, 2011
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Aug 12, 2017
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 05, 2010
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua - Jun 30, 2017
T20
Debut:
India Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 12, 2010
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica - Jul 09, 2017
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Mumbai at Newlands, Cape Town - Apr 18, 2009
Last played:
Pune Vs Punjab at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam - May 21, 2016
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Kolkata at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 04, 2014
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