Teams: India, Board Presidents XI, Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu, Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, Dindigul Dragons, Worcestershire, Kings XI Punjab, India A, Rest of India
Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian bowling all-rounder. He bowls right arm off break and bats right-handed lower down the order. He entered International cricket after a successful stint in the shortest form of cricket, the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in December 2006 and captained the team the following season.
Ashwin made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club on June 5, 2010. In 111 matches, he has so far scalped 150 wickets at an economy rate of 4.92. Ashwin played all five matches of the home series against New Zealand in November-December 2010. India completed a 5-0 whitewash and Ashwin ended up as the leading wicket-taker of the series -- 11 wickets at an average of 21.90. Later, after India lost the final against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Ashwin made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Mumbai Indian at Newlands, Cape town, on April 18, 2009. He picked up 13 and 20 wickets in the 2010 and 2011 seasons of IPL, respectively, helping CSK win two consecutive IPL titles. After Chennai Super Kings was banned for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he was drafted into Rising Pune Supergiant. He missed the 2017 season due to sports hernia. In the IPL 2018 player auction, Ashwin was taken by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for Rs 7.6 crore. Later, he was named the captain of the KXIP franchise. In 139 matches so far, he has scored 375 runs at an average of 11.02 and a strike rate of 111.60. He has taken 125 wickets at an average of 26.48 economy of 6.79, with one 4-wicket haul.
Ashwin made his T20 International (T20) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on June 12, 2010. In 46 matches played, he has scalped 52 wickets at an average of 22.94 and an economy rate of 6.98. In 2016, Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian to take 50 T20I wickets.
After an impressive show in the 2010 season of IPL, he was called for a Test series against Windies. He made his Test debut at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi on November 6, 2011. In his 37th Test match, Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler and the second-fastest in the world to reach 200 Test wickets after Australian spinner Clarrie Grimmett (36 matches). Ashwin was also the fastest Indian bowler and the 5th-fastest in the world to reach 100 Test wickets, getting to the milestone in his 18th Test match. He was named in the ICC Test Team of the year on multiple occasions (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). In India's 2016-17 home season, Ashwin took 64 wickets in 13 Tests, becoming the highest wicket-taker for India in a single domestic season, surpassing Kapil Dev's record of 63 wickets in 10 Tests during the 1979-80 season. In 62 matches, he took 342 wickets at an average of 25.44, including 26 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls in a match. In the batting department, he has scored 2,361 runs in 93 innings at an average of 29.15 with four centuries and 11 fifties.