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Ravichandran Ashwin Biography: An Electric Bowler & All-Rounder In The Indian Cricket Team

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Ravichandran Ashwin, fondly known as Ash, is an Indian International cricketer. He came into prominence as a mystery spinner and later showed his batting skills too. Now, he is a regular in Virat Kohli’s Test team and plays as a genuine all-rounder. His contribution is immense to take the Indian Test team to number 1 in the ICC rankings. In this blog, we will explore the life of cricket legend Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin), his age, career, stats, achievements and much more.

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Ravichandran Ashwin Biography

Name Ravichandran Ashwin
Born September 17, 1986 (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Age  36 years
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm Offbreak
IPL Team Rajasthan Royals
IPL team Price INR 5 crore
Role Bowling Allrounder
Test November 06 – 09, 2011 vs West Indies
ODI June 05, 2010 vs Sri Lanka
T20I June 12, 2010 vs Zimbabwe  
Teams Played for India, Tamil Nadu, CSK, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Rest of India, Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiants, Nottinghamshire, Dindigul Dragons
Achievements
  • R Ashwin won the Arjuna Award in 2014.
  • He along with Ravindra Jadeja became the first pair of spinners to be jointly ranked number 1 bowler in ICC Test Rankings history in 2017.
  • He was awarded the BCCI’s Dilip Sardesai Award for India’s best cricketer in 2010–11 and 2015–16.
  • R Ashwin won the BCCI’s Polly Umrigar Award for International cricketer of the year in 2012–13.
  • He was honoured with ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2016.

Early Days 

R Ashwin was born on 17 September 1986 in a Tamil Brahmin family in West Mambalam, Chennai. He did his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede’s. Later, he studied engineering at SSN College of Engineering. His father Ravichandran played cricket at the club level as a fast bowler.

Ashwin started his career as an opening batsman, but at St Bede’s coaches, C.K.Vijay and Chandra changed his bowling style from medium pace to off-spin. Later he was dropped to the middle order and from there a mystery spinner was born.


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R Ashwin Domestic Career

R Ashwin’s domestic career is quite little to talk about as compared to his international and IPL success. Ashwin played as an all-rounder for Tamil Nadu and South Zone. He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu against Haryana in the 2006-07 Ranji season. In 27 first-class matches, Ashwin has picked up a huge total of 134 wickets. He played as an all-rounder for Tamil Nadu and the South Zone.

Ravichandran Ashwin IPL Career 

Ashwin was picked up by the Chennai franchise in the Indian Premier League. He debuted in 2009 and the MS Dhoni led team went on to win the coveted trophy twice consecutively. He picked up 13 and 20 wickets respectively. Ashwin continued to be MS Dhoni’s leading man with the ball.

 
 
 
 
 
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Ashwin made big names like Chris Gayle his bunny. Chennai Super Kings was banned in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, so Ashwin shifted to a new team, the Rising Pune Supergiants. In the 2018 auction, he was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab and he was entrusted with the responsibility of the captain.

Ashwin in International Cricket

With the success in the IPL, he was fast-tracked to the international scene. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 5 June 2010, scoring a 32 ball 38 and taking 2/50 in that match. His T20I debut came a week later, against Zimbabwe at Harare where he took 1/22 in four overs.

In a series against New Zealand in November- December 2010, India won the ODI series 5-0 and Ashwin was the leading wicket taker with 11 scalps. Stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir called him ‘the find’ of the series. Despite the recognition, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha, and Ravindra Jadeja were the first choices for the captain.

Ashwin was picked up for the ICC World Cup 2011 which was held in the subcontinent. He played only two matches in the World Cup and made his World Cup debut in March 2011 against the West Indies with bowling figures of 2/41 in 10 overs. In the quarterfinal against Australia at Ahmedabad and picked 2/52 and took up the crucial first wicket when the opening partnership was building on.

 
 
 
 
 
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A memorable day at work. Thanks to everyone whose been a massive support! #no300 #indvssl

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He was picked up for the Tests for the first time against West Indies in November 2011 at Delhi. Ashwin took 3/81 in the first innings and 6/47 in the second, helping India win the match. He was awarded the man of the match, becoming the third Indian player to win the award on Test debut. In the third test match in Mumbai, he scored his first international century – 103 off 118 balls. Ashwin went on to become the Man of the Series.


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When Australia toured India in 2013, Ashwin surpassed the great Anil Kumble’s tally of 27 wickets for most wickets by an Indian bowler in a four-Test series. He took a total of 29 wickets at 20.10 and won the Man of the Series award as Australia lost 4-0.

In 2015, he became no. 1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings. In December 2016, the International Cricket Council named Ashwin the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year for 2016.

Ravichandran Ashwin Stats

Ravichandran Ashwin Bowling Stats

FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 92 174 24573 11344 474 7/59 13/140 23.93 2.76 51.8 24 32 7
ODI 113 111 6141 5058 151 4/25 4/25 33.49 4.94 40.6 1 0 0
T20I 65 65 1452 1672 72 4/8 4/8 23.22 6.90 20.1 2 0 0
FC 148 266 39109 17899 716 7/59 13/140 24.99 2.74 54.6 32 51 11
List A 173 171 9352 7242 231 4/25 4/25 31.35 4.64 40.4 1 0 0
T20 298 295 6438 7477 289 4/8 4/8 25.87 6.96 22.2 4 0 0

Ravichandran Ashwin Batting & Fielding Stats

FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 92 131 15 3129 124 26.97 5754 54.37 5 13 357 20 31 0
ODI 113 63 20 707 65 16.44 813 86.96 0 1 60 7 30 0
T20I 65 19 12 184 31* 26.28 160 114.99 0 0 17 4 11 0
FC 148 208 32 5041 124 28.64 9220 54.67 7 24 619 26 56 0
List A 173 103 27 1346 79 17.71 1740 77.35 0 4 104 13 49 0
T20 298 118 48 1048 50 14.97 882 118.82 0 1 90 31 69 0

 

Ravichandran Ashwin Favourites

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  • Favourite Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar, Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards
  • Favourite Bowler: Shane Warne
  • Favourite All-rounder: Kapil Dev
  • Favourite Food: Chocolates
  • Favourite Actor: Santhanam
  • Favourite Film : 3 Idiots, Vertical Limit
  • Favourite Musician: A R Rahman, Shoaib Bhushan

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Awards and Achievements

On 23 August 2016, Ashwin grabbed his sixth Man-of-the-Series Award, surpassing the tie by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and in only his 13th Test series, and 8th series where he played every Test.

 
 
 
 
 
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Historic moment at the SCG. The picture and the setting says it all. #indvsaus #bordergavaskartrophy

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He along with Ravindra Jadeja became the first pair of spinners to be jointly ranked number 1 bowler in ICC Test Rankings history in 2017.

Ashwin won the Arjuna Award in 2014. He was awarded the BCCI’s Dilip Sardesai Award for India’s best cricketer in 2010–11 and 2015–16. Ashwin won the BCCI’s Polly Umrigar Award for International cricketer of the year in 2012–13.

He was honoured with ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2016. Ashwin also made it to the ICC Test team in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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We dressed up alright for @abhinavmukund ‘s wedding today, dint we @prithinarayanan ???? Congrats to the couple??

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Not an easy place to come and win and every test win here needs to be cherished like there is no tomorrow. Special mention to @virat.kohli @cheteshwar_pujara and our very own Malcom M @jaspritb1 ?

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Happy children’s day to all..

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Ravichandran Ashwin Twitter

 

 
 

 


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What is the fastest spin ball by Ashwin?

Ashwin’s fastest spin ball delivery is 131.6 km/h which was during IPL 2022..

What spin does Ashwin Bowl?

R Ashwin bowls the wider arm delivery to impart side spin.

Is Ravichandran Ashwin the best spinner in cricket?

R Ashwin is arguably among the best spinners in the world with 474 ODI wickets in his name.

When did Ashwin get married?

On 13 November 2011, Ashwin married his childhood friend Prithi Narayanan. They have two children named Akhira and Aadhya.

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