Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian all-rounder and right-arm off-break bowler. He was born in Chennai (it was Madras then), Tamil Nadu on 17 September 1986. Ashwin started his career in 2000, aged just 14 years old, playing for India under–17 junior cricket team. He made his domestic debut for Tamilnadu as an opening batsman but later on, he transformed himself into a fast bowler first and then into an off-break spinner.
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Ashwin is one of India’s greatest Test spinners who has won many matches, especially in India, single-handedly taking a bagful of wickets on helpful subcontinent surfaces with his shrewd and accurate spin bowling. In his career of 71 Tests, Ashwin is already the Indian player with the most Man of the Series awards with 27 of them to his name.
Ashwin is famous for his bowling variations. He can bowl off-break as well as leg-break along with the well-known carrom ball and an arm ball. He is also a good batsman and has played some fine innings with the bat at the bottom order for India in all formats.
Although his career has been full of ups and downs, his presence has helped the Indian cricket team on many bigger stages. Let’s take a look at his beautiful career full of achievements.
Test Cricket is what Ravichandran Ashwin will be known for the most. He just gets into his element in Tests and has won games after games for India in this format. Ravichandran Ashwin, aged 25, replaced Harbhajan Singh and made his Test debut against the West Indies in November 2011 in Delhi in the first Test of a 3-match Test series. He earned his Test cap from legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Ashwin showed impressive performance in his first match and took 9 wickets in 2 innings. India won the match by 5 wickets and Ashwin was awarded Man of the Match on debut.
Ashwin scored his first ton as a Test batsman in the same series against the West Indies and also became the 3rd Indian player to score a 100 with the bat along with a 5-wicket haul in the same match. He also won the Man of the Series award in his debut series, something he did quite regularly in the coming years.
Ashwin’s Test career took him on another level with his back-to-back all-round performances in both home and away conditions. In the first 3 years, he took 104 wickets in just 19 matches. In 2012, he became the fastest Indian to take 50 wickets in Test cricket. Later, in 2013, Ashwin became the first Indian to take most wickets in a 4-match Test series, claiming 29 wickets in 4 matches against Australia. In 2016 as well, Ashwin took 72 wickets in 12 Test matches with 8 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls. His economy for that year was just 2.94.
As of 2020, Ashwin has played 71 Test matches and shown that he is no muck with the bat as well. He has scored four centuries and eleven half-centuries in Test cricket. He delivered a phenomenal bowling performance and has taken 365 wickets with 27 five-wicket hauls and 7 ten-wicket hauls. His economy in Test matches is 2.84.
Currently, Ravichandran Ashwin plays only Test matches for India and is one of the main bowlers in the spin department of the Indian cricket team. He won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2016 and was also a part of the Indian cricket team who won the ICC Test Team of the year in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In the ODIs, Ashwin was selected for team India on the Zimbabwe tour in 2010 after his all-round performance for CSK in the 2010 IPL. He played his first ODI international against Sri Lanka. He attracted attention in that first game only with an all-round performance by taking 2 wickets with the ball and scoring 38 runs with the bat. However, India could not win the match.
Ashwin made his World Cup debut in 2011 against the West Indies and took 2 wickets for 41 runs. Moreover, in the quarterfinals against Australia, Ashwin delivered a good spell with 2 wickets for 52 runs. Ashwin got a chance to show his skills only in those two matches in India’s successful 2011 World Cup campaign. Ashwin has played 2 ODI World Cups for India. One of them was held in 2011 in the Indian subcontinent and the other one in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Ashwin took 17 wickets in 10 World Cup matches. His performance in 2015 was impressive. He took 13 wickets in that tournament with an economy of just 4.29.
In 2013, he delivered one of his best performances in the ICC Champions Trophy. With 8 wickets from 5 matches and an economy of 4.41, he was the main spinner in India’s Champion trophy win. Especially in the finals, when the game was reduced to 20 overs due to rain, Ashwin took 2 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs against England, defending a small total of 129, to help beat the host and clinch the trophy.
Ashwin has played a total of 111 ODIs including 2 Asia Cups, 2 World Cups and 2 Champions Trophies and has taken a total of 150 wickets with an economy of 4.92. The year 2013 was the best year of his ODI career as he managed to take a total of 40 wickets from 29 matches in that single year only.
The first T20 international call-up for Ashwin had come back in June 2010. Ashwin made his T20 international debut for team India at Harare Sports Club against Zimbabwe. He bowled economically, picking up 1 wicket for 22 runs in the 4-over spell. Ashwin has played 3 ICC T20 World Cups for India and has taken 20 wickets with 11 wickets in a single tournament of 2014, in which India went all the way to the finals, at an average of 11.27.
Ravichandran Ashwin has taken more T20 wickets while playing outside India. In a total of 30 away matches, he has taken 33 wickets with an economy of 6.89. Playing home, he has taken 19 wickets in 16 matches with one 4-wicket haul. While playing against Australia in the World Twenty20 match, his bowling figures of 4 for 11 runs turned out to be the best bowling performance by an Indian bowler in World T20s.
Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals. In a total of 46 T20 internationals he had played so far, Ashwin has taken 52 wickets at an average of 22.94 and an economy of 6.98. Ashwin has taken a total of 2 four-wicket hauls in his T20 career and also scored 123 runs with the bat. Since 2017, he has not played any T20 international matches for India.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) picked Ashwin in 2009. Ashwin played 97 matches for CSK including the Champions League T20. He took 90 wickets at an average of 24.22 and made 190 runs with the bat along with taking 23 catches in his CSK campaign until 2016. He was also a leading wicket-taker in the 2010 Champions League T20 with 13 wickets and was also awarded the Player of the Tournament.
Following a ban on CSK for 2 years in 2015, Ravichandran Ashwin played the 2016 IPL season with the newly-formed franchise Rising Pune Supergiants. Ashwin picked up his 100th IPL wicket against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and took a total of 10 wickets that season. He missed the next season due to the sports hernia.
In 2018, Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 7.6 crores which has been his highest bid in all seasons. He captained the team in the following 2 seasons. Ashwin played a total of 28 matches for Punjab and took 25 wickets in two seasons. He also delivered a good batting performance for Punjab and scored 144 runs with a strike rate of 145.45 in two seasons. Unfortunately, under his captaincy, Punjab couldn’t get a spot in semis but finished seventh in 2018 and sixth in 2019. Ashwin became a hot topic of the IPL 2019 because of the Mankad controversy with Jos Buttler.
In 2020, Punjab traded Ashwin to Delhi Capital for INR 1.5 crore. As of 2019, he has played 139 IPL matches and has taken 125 wickets at an average of 26.47 with an economy of 6.79. He has also scored 325 runs in 52 innings and has taken one 4-wicket haul in his IPL career.
Ravichandran Ashwin was born in Tamilnadu on 17 September 1986. He was born to Ravichandran and Chitra. His father worked for Southern Railways and also played club-level cricket as a fast bowler. Ashwin also started his career as a batsman and a fast bowler. He married Prithi Narayan in 2011 and the couple became parents of 2 daughters. Ash is Ashwin’s famous nickname.