Ravichandran Ashwin
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Last Update on: January 10th, 2019 at 11:38 am

Recently updated on January 10th, 2019 at 11:38 am

Premium Indian ace-off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been the go-to bowler in home conditions since he broke into the national fold in 2010 for Team India and he has been equally at the task while inflicting the damage as much as he could during his career.

The 31-year-old Ashwin has trained hard at home before flying to South Africa after being inducted into the Test squad alongside the left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has warmed the bench for first two Tests.

Ashwin, who has enough experience on his back, has further featured in 106 innings of 57 Tests in which he bagged 310 wickets at an average of 25.39.

Having 26 five-wicket hauls under his belt, the slow-bowler has bagged 47 wickets in away conditions at the average of 40.19. He has however claimed the two five-wicket haul.

Let’s be precise how the prominent spinner has fared under two different skippers since making his Test debut in November against Windies at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

Under the dynamic leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired in 2014, as Ashwin had played seven Tests in which he bagged 14 wickets at an unimpressive average of 60.28.

Moreover, Ashwin claimed the best figures of three for 72, but the strike-rate of per wicket was 119.2.

On the other side, Ashwin fared far better under concurrent Indian captain Virat Kohli which saw him bagging 28 wickets in as many as seven Tests.

Ashwin, who has been the hot-property for Indian cricket particularly in the five-day format, saw his wicket-taking strike-rate of 52.2 and maintained the bowling average of 52.2.

Under Kohli, in 2016, against Windies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, Ashwin claimed the best bowling figures in an innings which read as 83 for seven in 25 overs

In the ongoing Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion against South Africa, Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker in the first innings which saw bagging four wickets after conceding 113 runs in 38.5 overs.

Concluding the performance from Ashwin has further taken the opposition by complete surprise.

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