Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian cricketer who represents the country in international cricket. On the domestic level, Ashwin plays first class cricket for Tamil Nadu. He also plays for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Ashwin is one of India's ace spin bowlers and bowls right-arm off-break. Ashwin is most popular for his ability to spin the ball both ways. Ashwin is also known for his carrom ball and leg spinners. This not only makes him one of the best spinners in India, but one of the best in the world.
Along the years
Ranji Trophy debut for Tamil Nadu
IPL Debut - Chennai Super Kings
Appointed Captain of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab
Debut for Nottinghamshire
*Last updated on 13 Sept 2019
Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler and the second-fastest in the world to reach 200 Test wickets after Australian spinner Clarrie Grimmett.
He was also the fastest Indian bowler and 5th fastest in the world to reach 100 Test wickets from 18 matches.
First Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in the same Test match on two separate instances.
Ashwin is the third Indian cricketer to be awarded the Man of the Match (MoM) on debut.
Ashwin registered the second-best bowling on debut by an Indian bowler with 9/128.
Fastest Indian to record 50 wickets in Test matches (9 games).
Leading wicket-taker for India in a four-Test series (28 wickets).
India's highest in Tests for the seventh wicket -280-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Ashwin in 2013. It was also the second-highest partnership for India against West Indies for any wicket in Tests.
First Indian to take 50 T20I wickets.
Highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket for India with 52 wickets.
Most Man-of-the-Series Award (6)
Fastest to 20th five-wicket haul.
Fastest to reach 250 test wickets.
Highest wicket-taker for India in a single domestic season (64).
Fastest bowler to take 25 fifers.
Most number of wickets by a bowler in a home season (79).
Fastest Indian to 150 wickets.
Fastest Indian and second overall to get 200 wickets.
Fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in his 54th Test.
Awards and Accolades
Arjuna Award: 2014
Test Team of the Year: 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
BCCI's Dilip Sardesai Award for India's best cricketer: 2010–11, 2015–16
BCCI's Polly Umrigar Award for international cricketer of the year: 2012–13
ICC Test Player of the Year: 2016
ICC Cricketer of the Year: 2016
CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2016–17
Ashwin actually was an opening batsman. He used to open the innings for India under 17's but was replaced by Rohit Sharma due to lack of form. He played as a specialist bowler for Tamil Nadu cricket team and South Zone. Although Ashwin started his career as a fast bowler, he soon changed into a spin bowler.
Ashwin began his IPL career with the Chennai Super Kings in 2009. With CSK he went on to win two consecutive IPL titles in 2010 and 2011.But in 2016, following Chennai Super Kings' ban for two years Ashwin was drafted to Rising Pune Supergiants. Ashwin played the 2016 season but missed the 2017 season due to sports hernia. For the 2018 edition of IPL, Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab for ₹ 7.6 crores and was appointed its captain. One of the most controversial incidents in Ashwin's IPL career was the mankading of Jos Buttler in IPL 2019.
Ashwin's impressive performance in the 2010 Indian Premier League, earned him a spot in the squad that was going to tour Zimbabwe in May–June 2010. He finally made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka cricket team on 5 June 2010. Ashwin scored a 32–ball 38 and took 2/50 on his debut match. Ashwin again got selected coming October in the three-match home ODI series against Australia, where he proved his worth becoming taking one wicket from nine overs giving away only 34 runs.
But soon the effectiveness of Ashwin was under question as he managed a depressing average of over 62.00. Following a string of unimpressive performances, Ashwin redeemed himself finally at the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final in England by taking 2 wickets giving away only 15 runs in four overs in what was a 20-overs-a-side final. Ashwin has since been a fairly regular part of the Indian ODI squad.
Ashwin made his Test debut on 6 November, 2011 against West Indies cricket team in the first match of the series at Delhi. Ashwin bowled exceptionally well, taking 3/81 in the first innings and 6/47 in the second and was awarded the man of the match. Ashwin became the third Indian player to win the award on Test debut. In the same series, Ashwin became the third Indian to score a century as well as take a five-wicket haul in the same match.
Ashwin was thus awarded the man of the series for his all-round performance. In late 2012, Ashwin became the fastest Indian to 50 wickets in Test cricket in the series against England. Ashwin's Test career shaped to as we see it today since the Australia's four-Test tour of India in February–March 2013 in which he took 29 wicket, which was the most by an Indian bowler in a four match test series. He won the Man of the Series award.
T20 International Career
Ashwin made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in Harare. He took 1/22 in four overs. This performance of his, earned Ashwin a selection for the tri-series against New Zealand cricket team and hosts Sri Lanka. But unfortunately, Ashwin did not get a chance as Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja being preferred over him throughout the series.
Ashwin got his place in the team back as India went to Bangladesh for the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Ashwin played an essential role in India's success in these tournaments. Because of his brilliant performances, Ashwin was named in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2014 T20 World Cup by both ICC and Cricinfo.
Ashwin earned place in the 15-member ICC World Cup squad along with Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla. Although Ashwin played only two matches in the World Cup he did leave his mark. Ashwin made his World Cup debut in March 2011 against the West Indies. He finished with the bowling figures of 2/41 in 10 overs. Ashwin helped in India's tournament victory but he did not feature in either the semi-final or the final.
Ashwin was born on 17 September 1986 in Tamil Nadu. He lived in West Mambalam, Chennai. Ashwin's father Ravichandran, played cricket at the club level as a fast bowler. Ashwin married his childhood friend Prithi Narayanan on 13 November 2011. The couple gave birth to their first daughter Akhira on 11 July 2015, and then their second daughter Aadhya in December 2016.