Ravichandran Ashwin Biography
Ravichandran Ashwin was born on 17 September 1986 to a Tamil family in Chennai. He graduated from SSN College of Engineering with a B.Tech in Information Technology degree.He could have opted to pursue a career with his education but it was his father who influenced him to choose cricket as a career option.
His father wanted him to be a fast bowler like him. However, it was his mother Chitra, who advised him to try spin as she considered his long run-up was a waste of energy.
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. His tally of 134 wickets for Tamil Nadu in 27 first class matches for Tamil Nadu speaks volumes of his ability. He caught the limelight with his mixture of striking and economical bowling in the 2010 IPL.
Ashwin played his first ODI against Sri Lanka in June, 2010 where he registered figures of 2/50. The selectors appointed him as the lead spinner for the test series against West Indies in November 2011 after Harbhajan Singh suffered from poor form.
He made his test debut for India in 2011 at Delhi and registered figures of 3/81 and 6/47, proving clinical in India's win. He became only the third Indian to receive the Man of the Match award on debut.
A more than handy batsman at the tail, Ashwin scored his first test century in the same series. His great all round performance paved way for a Man of the Series award.
Rise in career
Ashwin took 29 wickets against Australia in the 2013 Border-Gavaskar series where he was also elected the Man of the Series. He surpassed Anil Kumble’s tally of 27 wickets as the most number of wickets in a four match series for India.
Ashwin registered his second test ton against the West Indies in the first test of the 2013 series where he put a record breaking seventh wicket partnership of 280 runs with Rohit Sharma.
During the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia, Ashwin managed to pick up 15 wickets after a bad patch.
He helped India win a test series after 22 years in Sri Lanka by dismissing the hosts batsmen 21 times in the series. He continued his dream form with 31 wickets in the home series against South Africa.
A mature and disciplined Ashwin mesmerized everyone with his brilliant bowling in 2016 where he made life tough for batsmen. He bagged a whopping 72 wickets in the year. He targeted every team that visited India during that phase. He was also awarded ICC Test Cricketer and ICC Cricketer of the Year awards for his performance.
Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler and second fastest overall to 200 test wickets. He achieved this in only his 37th match, lagging behind by only a game for the world record.
He didn't lag behind in his 54th game when he dismissed Lahiru Gamage to become the fastest bowler to 300 test wickets. Ashwin jointly holds the record of fastest player to 500 runs and 50 test wickets which he achieved in his 11th match.
With seven Man of the Series awards up his sleeves, Ashwin holds the record of the most number of this award for India in test. He is also the fastest Indian bowler to 50 T20I wickets.
Despite great performances on Asian pitches, Ashwin has always struggled for wickets whenever he stepped out of the subcontinent. He went wicket-less in the first test against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2013.
After that, he was frequently dropped in test matches played in countries like England, New Zealand and South Africa.
Although he had a good form in Australia, his defensive bowling has raised several questions.