So, it seems that Ashwin is having a dream run now, after he has been nominated for the Arjna Award to be honoured to him on the Independence day. Yesterday, he topped the all rounders chart in the latest Test rankings released by the ICC.
The Chennai born cricketer will receive this award along with 14 other athletes for some impressive shows at the national level in sports. The selection committee was headed by none other than legendary Kapil Dev , who nominated a total of 15 sportsperson . Last year, this award was given to Virat Kohli and till now 46 cricketers including women have been given this award. But this year, no sportsperson will be receivein Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Other than Ashwin, the other candidates nominated for Arjuna award are pistol shooter Heena Sidhu, Abhishek Verma (archery), Tintu Luka (athletics), H.N. Girisha (paralympics), V. Diju (badminton), Geetu Ann Jose (basketball), Jai Bhagwan (boxing), Anirban Lahiri (golf), Mamta Pujari (kabaddi), Saji Thomas (rowing), Anaka Alankamany (Squash), Tom Joseph (volleyball), Renubala Chanu (weightlifting) and Sunil Rana (greco roman wrestling).
Ashwin has been a consistent performer especially in the limted overs format. But, even in the Tests , he has fared well in the sub continent and it’s only the overseas series where he has struggled with the ball. But, with the bat , he has performed more than what is expected out of a front line bowler.
Ashwin has picked 104 wickets in Test cricket in 20 matches , whereas in ODIs , he has picked up 106 wickets in 79 matches . He was also a member of the 2011 World Cup winning squad but played second hand to Harbhajan Singh. But, in the 2013 Champions Trophy, he was a key factor in India’s win and especially in the finals where he spun the ball with too much of accuracy, preventing England to chase a modest target of 130 runs in 20 overs.