Ravichandran Ashwin

Biography

Ravichandran Ashwin (About this sound pronunciation (help·info); born 17 September 1986) is an Indian international cricketer. An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off break, Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and captains Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He is the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the fastest in the world) to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250 and 300-wicket mark in Test cricket.In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

Having achieved little success as an opening batsman at junior-level cricket, Ashwin dropped down the order and turned into an off-break bowler. He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in December 2006 and captained the team the following season. But it was not until the 2010 Indian Premier League in which he played for the Chennai Super Kings, that he came into the limelight with his economical bowling and earned his maiden international call-up in the limited-overs formats in June 2010. He was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. He was also part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Later that year, he made his Test debut against West Indies and became the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut. He took two five-wicket hauls and scored a century in that series and won the player of the series award.

He was a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2014 and the BCCI’s international cricketer of the year for the 2012–13 season. He also won the ICC Cricketer of the year 2016 along with ICC Test Cricketer of the year 2016 in December 2016. Ashwin plays as an all-rounder for Tamil Nadu cricket team and South Zone. He played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He was the highest wicket-taker of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 tournament for Chennai Super Kings with 13 wickets and was adjudged as the player of the tournament.

Leadership Talks: Ashwin is a Youth Icon, He earned himself the prestigious ICC Test player of the year award as well as the ICC Player of the year award becoming only the second Indian to achieve both in the same year after Rahul Dravid. During the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur, he became the fastest bowler to 300 Test wickets in his 54th Test, leaving behind Dennis Lillee (56 Test Matches). Ashwin is an eloquent speaker and can enthrall audiences belonging to all age groups as well as corporate honchos.