Ravichandran Ashwin is currently a big headache to the world batsmen. This year, Ashwin is in such a terrific form that batsmen are hardly finding any clue to play his deliveries. Once a struggler in the national team and now he is the premier bowler for his team.
India’s spin history is so long. It can be said that India is the only nation who produces the quality of spinners successfully for a long time year by year. Most of the times, Indian spinners are being given the leading role of the bowling line-up. Currently, Ashwin earns the leadership role in the bowling line-up for the national side.
2015 is going a great and memorable for the right-arm off spinner. Currently, he is the leading wicket-taker (55 wickets) at Test cricket this calendar year. Not just in Test cricket, his performance is also great in the limited-over format (both ODI and T-20) this year.
Ashwin shows how time changes and also shows that the passion with the hard work always pays off. At the beginning of this year, he was dropped from the Test team due to his bad performances. After this slipping down, Ashwin put in a hard work and disciplined effort in his game which make his cricket life very beautiful. He gave a brilliant performance in the 2015 World Cup, where he picked up 13 wickets in the non-spin bowling friendly condition. After the World Cup journey, the Tamil Nadu bowler carried forward his form in world cricket.
He made his debut in the international test cricket against West Indies at Delhi on 2011, almost one and a half year later from his ODI debut. He grabbed 9 wickets in that match including a match winning bowling performance in a crucial time at the 2nd innings, where he sent 6 Caribbean batsmen to the pavilion. For his outstanding bowling performance, he was selected for the man of the match award. Later he won the man of the series award in that series for his tremendous all round performance including his maiden hundred in the third and the final test. His inconsistency in bowling performance was his biggest problem, especially outside of India.
Recently he has been performing greatly in the Sri Lanka series at Sri Lanka, where he trapped the experienced and classy batsman Sangakkara continuously. Though India was not playing any series outside the sub-continent after Ashwin’s remarkable comeback, but his recent continuous discipline bowling tells that he can’t disappoint his fan further.
He is not just a bowler for his team, he is also very handy with the bat. He has already scored 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries in the test cricket while he hit also a half-century in the ODI cricket. The former no.1 ranked Test all-rounder is currently standing at no.3 position.
However, the main role of Ravichandran Ashwin is the bowling; where he is one of the leading bowlers for his country at present. He is currently a fear for the batsmen and many top-class batsmen failed against Ashwin’s bowling. Variation is the main weapon of his bowling including the most dangerous “Carrom Ball”.
At the end, it can be said that the current performance of Ashwin’s bowling is telling that he is the right man to carry-on India’s proud spin bowling.