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Ravichandran Ashwin: The silent workhorse for India

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By Raj Bhandari, Raj Bhandari is a Roar Rookie

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    He is an emerging cricketer from South India, and is loved by everyone – the team-mates, manager, staff, and millions of fans. He is cool and contented, and his temperament is reminiscent of the veteran Anil Kumble.

    He has a smiling, innocent face, he is hardworking; Ravichandran Ashwin, commonly known as R Ashwin, is the new rising star.

    He is a very versatile bowler with a lot of variation. He is always able to draw attention because of the way he carries himself and shows his talent. He had played his first Test against West Indies in the year 2011. Also, he is one of the most dependable players for Chennai Super Kings in IPL.

    Interestingly, his father was also a cricketer who played locally in Tamil Nadu. Likewise, in his earlier days, Ashwin also played for Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit. Ashwin came into prominence in the year 2010 when he was able to win the player of the tournament and golden wicket award in the Champions League while playing for Chennai Super Kings.

    Ashwin’s notable achievement was in IPL season 5 when he got stalwart Chris Gayle out, which eventually led to CSK winning that edition of the tournament. It’s a great sight to watch Ashwin play as he never loses his temper and stays calm even when he is not getting the desired results. He has proved to be an excellent fielder, and a brilliant catch by Ashwin just a few days ago is still fresh in the memory of most of the fans.

    Many of his supporters consider him to be an all-rounder, but he should be nourished as a prime bowler who also contributes as a lower-order batsman. A divided focus on improving his batting, as well as constantly working on his bowling, may not prove to be a gainful proposition.

    Ashwin has got fifty wickets in the year 2012, with a reasonably good average of 29. His T20 career began in 2010 against Sri Lanka, where he scored 38 runs. His ODI career debut was in the 2011 World Cup against West Indies where he took two wickets and conceded only 41 runs. He performed well against Australia as well, and his bowling scorecard read 10-1-52-2.

    Now on to his batting. From the year 2011 till date, he has scored just three half centuries and one century. An astonishing fact about these innings is that India lost all of the above matches. This may be just a coincidence, but is also one of the reasons he should continue focusing on his bowling more. Despite the fact that he is one of the only three Indian cricketers to make 100 runs and get five wickets in an innings in the same Test match, he should concentrate on bowling only. Ashwin also managed to win the Man of the Match award on his Test debut.

    So keeping in mind that he will be completing 27 years of age in September 2013, it would be to Ashwin’s benefit that he sticks to bowling for a long period of time. Whatever the case may be, it is always a delight to see him performing. May he have a very bright future and a fun-filled career.

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    • June 15th 2013 @ 4:14pm
      The Great Taj said | June 15th 2013 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

      Great article. No bulldust. Keep up the good work. R Ashwin is a fine cricketer. Ecellent.

      • June 17th 2013 @ 1:21am
        Raj Bhandari said | June 17th 2013 @ 1:21am | ! Report

        This is very encouraging.. thank u for the comments!

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      June 16th 2013 @ 12:53pm
      Andy_Roo said | June 16th 2013 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

      Ashwin’s high scores with the bat in those losing tests shows that, 1. the top order failed and that 2. Ashwin’s best batting comes with his back to the wall, fighting his, and the teams way out of trouble. This shows that he has the mental toughness required to succeed at test level. He should perhaps focus more on his bowling but he should not ever let his batting ability decline. His ability should make him a very valuable all-rounder for India for a long time to come.

      • June 17th 2013 @ 1:22am
        Raj Bhandari said | June 17th 2013 @ 1:22am | ! Report

        Definitely andy.. we also expect a lot from Ashwin.. but you have given a new perspective

    • June 16th 2013 @ 6:53pm
      gav said | June 16th 2013 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

      Ashwin is loved by everyone expect the media. You need to attend media conferences featuring Ashwin to understand what an arrogant person he really is. Only 4 tests out of India so far, lets see where he is at after the away series against SA and NZ

    • June 18th 2013 @ 1:05pm
      Titch said | June 18th 2013 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

      Ashwin is a magnificent offspin bowler who would walk into any team in the world.

    • June 18th 2013 @ 6:41pm
      Aakash bhat said | June 18th 2013 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

      He is an okay bowler(although his stats show a totally diff.story).The problem with him is that he tries too many things with the bowl and that irritates me.

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