Happy Birthday Ravichandran Ashwin: Left engineering and became a cricketer, earlier he used to bowl fast and not spin.

Happy Birthday Ravichandran Ashwin: Left engineering and became a cricketer, earlier he used to bowl fast and not spin.

Indian cricket team’s off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin turned 37 on 17 September 2023. Apart from bowling, Ashwin is also known for batting. Due to better batting and bowling in many matches, Ashwin has led the Indian team to victory. There are many records in Ashwin’s name. Very few people know that in the beginning of his career, Ashwin used to bowl opening and then medium pace bowling. His father was a club cricketer and used to bowl fast.

Left engineering and focused on cricket

R Ashwin was born on 17 September 1986 in Mylapore city, located south of Chennai. His father Ravichandran was a club cricketer and used to bowl fast. Ashwin has been very good in studies since childhood. After doing schooling from Chennai, he has graduated in IT from SSN College of Engineering. Later, he left engineering and thought of making a career in cricket and became famous in world cricket.

Ashwin used to bowl medium pace

Ashwin bowled opening in the early days of his career. In the initial days, Ashwin used to bowl as a medium pacer. Ashwin’s childhood coach CK Vijay advised him to become an off-spin bowler. Ashwin’s height is 6 feet 2 inches and keeping this in mind, Vijay advised him for off-spin. Ashwin got injured in a match while playing under-16 cricket. He was having a lot of difficulty in running. Considering this, the coach advised him to bowl spin.

6 wickets in the very first match

Ashwin played the first home match of his career in 2006 against Haryana and performed amazingly. Ashwin took 6 wickets in that match and made a great start to his career. Making his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2010, he took 2 wickets. So far, Ashwin has taken 151 wickets in 113 ODI matches and 489 wickets in 94 Tests. Apart from this, he has 72 wickets in his name in 65 T20 International matches.

9 wickets in test debut

Ravichandran Ashwin made his Test debut in the year 2011 and also performed brilliantly. He made a total of 9 players his victims in the test match played against West Indies in Delhi. Ashwin took 3 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second innings. In that match, Ashwin was given the title of Player of the Match. He was also a part of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011.

century and 5 wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin is the third Indian player to take 5 wickets and score a century in a Test. He achieved this feat by taking 5 wickets and scoring 103 runs in his third Test match against West Indies in 2011. Ashwin has taken 5 wickets 34 times in Test cricket, which is the second best by any Indian in Test cricket.

Ashwin made many records

R Ashwin bowled wickets in both innings of the Test match played against West Indies in July 2023, becoming the first Indian bowler to do so in both innings of a Test match on West Indies soil.

This was the eighth time in R Ashwin’s Test career that he had taken 10 or more wickets in a match. In this matter, he has equaled former Indian spinner Anil Kumble. Kumble also achieved this feat eight times in his career. After Kumble and Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh’s name comes at third place. He has taken 10 or more wickets 5 times in his career.

Ashwin achieved his 34th five-wicket haul in Test cricket against West Indies. He has now joined the list of top-5 bowlers who have taken the most wickets. Let us tell you that in the history of Test cricket, former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has won the fifer the most number of times, 67 times.

Ashwin has jointly reached the first position with Muchaiah Muralitharan in terms of taking 12 or more wickets in a Test match, Ashwin achieved this feat for the sixth time in his career against West Indies.

By taking 12 wickets in Dominica, he has completed 72 wickets against West Indies. Now Ashwin has reached the fourth position in terms of taking most wickets in the Test series between India and West Indies. The name of India’s former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev is at the top in this list. Kapil has taken 89 wickets against West Indies, after Kapil, Malcolm Marshall 76 and Anil Kumble 74 are in third place.

This was Ashwin’s sixth five-wicket haul in the Test series between India and West Indies. He has defeated Harbhajan Singh in this matter.

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