R Ashwin birthday: The senior Indian spinner is celebrating his 34th birthday a handful of days before IPL 2020.
India and Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has turned 34 today. Known for his variations across formats, Ashwin started to receive plentiful heartfelt birthday wishes since midnight.
Currently in UAE for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League, Ashwin is all set to represent his fourth IPL franchise in Capitals. Having led Kings XI Punjab for a couple of years, Ashwin will now play under Shreyas Iyer at DC.
Having picked 125 wickets in 139 IPL appearances at an average of 26.48, an economy rate of 6.79 and a strike rate of 23.39, Ashwin is the fourth-highest wicket-taker among spinners in the IPL.
Ashwin, who last played white-ball cricket at the highest level during the tour of West Indies in 2017, remain an integral part of India’s Test squad. Since his Test debut in 2011, Ashwin is the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests with his 365 wickets coming at an average of 25.43, an economy rate of 2.84 and an economy rate of 53.6.
England’s Stuart Broad and Australia’s Nathan Lyon are tied at the first spot with 382 wickets each to their name. Having said that, what differentiates Ashwin (71) from Broad (102) and Lyon (93) is the number of Tests played in this period.
Ashwin’s biggest recognition till date came in 2016 when he was declared as both the ICC Test Player of the Year and the ICC Cricketer of the Year.
R Ashwin birthday
Us trying to pick one adjective for Ashwin is like batsmen trying to pick his variations 🤷🏻♂️
Keep bamboozling us all with your skill, wit, and intellect 🧠🏏
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) September 16, 2020
🔶 Fastest Indian and joint fastest (overall) to 3⃣5⃣0⃣ Test wickets
🔶 Fourth highest wicket-taker for #TeamIndia in Tests
Happy birthday to our very own @ashwinravi99. 👏🎂
Here’s an Ashwin classic you can relive on his special day. 📽️👇
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2020
1️⃣2️⃣5️⃣ wickets in the tournament and @ashwinravi99 will be looking for more with his new franchise Delhi Capitals.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 17, 2020
To the off-spinner who rarely has an ‘off’ day with the ball in his hand – #HappyBirthdayAshwin! 🎂
Send in your wishes. 👇 pic.twitter.com/J1ahymYeVy
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 17, 2020
R Ashwin made his name in the IPL, but soon enough, he held his own in international cricket.
A master at his craft, @ashwinravi99 became the fastest bowler to 300 Test wickets and in 2016 was ICC’s Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year 🏆
He turns 34 today 🎂 pic.twitter.com/8qQcjrE434
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 17, 2020
Happy birthday Ash @ashwinravi99. Enna machi looking fit as a fiddle, semma smartaa iruka. Youtube la pinnita, ippo time to get back on to #Aadukalam. Wish you a 20+ wicket season & a comeback to Indian white ball team.
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) September 16, 2020
Happy birthday to the most unpredictable man in India. You can never guess what his next move will be. Famous for running out the opposition. Happy Birthday Ravichandran Ashwin.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) September 16, 2020
Happy Birthday to the other Sultan of spin, Ashwin ji 🙏
— Malay Desai (@MalayD) September 17, 2020
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