Born on 17 September 1986 Ravichandran Ashwin, the illustrious spin-bowling all-rounder is celebrating his 37th birthday. Revered as one of the greatest spinners of all time, Ashwin’s contributions to Indian cricket are immeasurable. His remarkable ability to deliver under pressure and in pivotal moments has endeared him to fans worldwide. Beyond his exploits on the field, Ashwin’s erudite and informative YouTube videos have added to his appeal, making him a cricketing icon.
In Test cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin’s record is nothing short of extraordinary. He has donned the Indian jersey in 94 Test matches, amassing 3,185 runs with five centuries and 14 half-centuries—his best score of 124 stands as a testament to his batting prowess. On the bowling front, Ashwin has scalped 489 wickets at an average of 23.65, with 24 four-wicket hauls, 34 five-wicket hauls, and eight ten-wicket hauls. His feats have elevated him to the esteemed position of being the ninth-highest wicket-taker in Test history and the second-highest for India, trailing only the legendary Anil Kumble.
The right-arm spinner’s rapid rise in Test cricket is evident in his numerous milestones. He holds records for being the third-fastest to 200, fastest to 250, 300, and 350 wickets, and the second-fastest to 400 and 450 wickets. Additionally, he boasts the second-most ‘Player of the Series’ awards, just one short of the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan (11).
In the One-Day International (ODI) format, Ravichandran Ashwin has featured in 113 matches, taking 151 wickets at an average of 33.49. His best bowling figures are 4/25, and he has showcased his batting prowess with 707 runs, including one half-century. He played a crucial role in India’s 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victories, leaving an indelible mark on these prestigious tournaments.
In the shortest format, T20 Internationals, Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 72 wickets in 65 matches at an average of 23.22, with best figures of 4/8. His batting contributions, with 184 runs at an average of over 26, underscore his utility as a complete all-rounder.
Career Stats of Ravichandran Ashwin
Across all formats, Ashwin’s international career boasts an impressive tally of 4,076 runs, including five centuries and 15 fifties, alongside 712 wickets at an average of 25.70. His 34 five-wicket hauls and eight ten-wicket hauls in international cricket underscore his versatility and standing as one of the most successful all-rounders of his generation. He ranks 14th among the highest wicket-takers in international cricket, second only to Anil Kumble in the Indian bowling pantheon.
Ashwin’s brilliance extends to the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he has represented various teams, including Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, and Rising Pune Supergiant. With two IPL titles and two Champions League T20 titles with CSK, Ashwin’s influence in the IPL is undeniable. His 171 wickets in 197 matches and contributions with the bat reinforce his stature as one of the finest IPL performers.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s career is a testament to his cricketing genius and unwavering commitment to Indian cricket. His contributions across formats, numerous records, and impact in international and domestic leagues solidify his legacy as a true gem of Indian cricket. As he continues to dazzle with his cricketing wizardry, fans eagerly anticipate more memorable moments from this exceptional all-rounder.