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R Ashwin started his career as a batsman, today he is India’s second most successful Test bowler

Happy Birthday R Ashwin: R Ashwin is India’s second most successful Test bowler. He has 442 wickets in Test cricket in his name. He is also at number one with Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of taking the fastest 350 wickets in Test cricket. Not only this, he is also at number-2 in terms of winning the most ‘Player of the Series’ in Test cricket. In the case of R Ashwin, who has achieved so much success as a bowler, one can be shocked to hear one thing that he was an opener and medium pacer in the early stages of his career.

Yes, when R Ashwin used to play cricket during his school days, he used to enter the field as an opener. Along with this, he also used to bowl at medium fast pace. That is, he was a fast bowling all-rounder. During this period, his childhood coach CK Vijay turned him into a spinner. This change proved to be right for Ashwin as well. He first filled the vacant position of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh while entering Team India as a spinner and is now creating new records one after the other in Test cricket. R Ashwin is also included in the squad of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.

659 wickets in international cricket
R Ashwin made his international debut on 5 June 2010 in an ODI against Sri Lanka. Only 7 days after this, he got a chance to make his T20 debut. However, he had to wait about one and a half years for his Test debut. Ashwin has taken a total of 659 wickets in all three formats of cricket. These include 442 wickets in Test cricket, 151 in ODIs and 66 wickets in T20 Internationals.

5 centuries in test
He has also been very successful in R Ashwin batting. In his international career, he has scored 5 centuries and 13 half-centuries. He has scored all his centuries in Test matches. Although his run average in T20 International cricket has been 32.20. Ashwin, who has made many achievements in his name in cricket, is also the first bowler to take 50 wickets for India in T20 International.

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