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August 14, 2017 Ravichandran Ashwin News
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Ashwin bowled four for 68 off 28.3 overs including six maidens in the second innings of India's victory over Sri Lanka in the third Test of the series.
Ashwin's limited-overs form was certainly concerning for India, but rounded into shape during the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He scored 31 or more runs in each of his three innings with the bat and took 17 wickets across the three matches including one four-for and one five-for. Ashwin, along with the rest of India's frontline spinners, was dropped for the ODI series and he's in line to play County Cricket for the first time in his career.
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Fantasy AnalysisAshwin ripped through the visiting sides batting order, taking five wickets in the process and restricting them to 183, after India totalled 622 declared. Ashwin finished with figures of five for 69 off 16.4 overs with three maidens. With the bat, Ashwin managed to score a half century off 92 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's first wicket came in his first over of the match thanks to excellent work by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Dhoni's quick hands turned a wide ball into a wicket, stumping West Indies' captain Jason Holder off a ball that drifted too far down the leg side. The 30-year-old allrounder's second wicket, Ashley Nurse, was the courtesy of spectacular fielding also. Umesh Yadav took a full-stretch catch at square leg from a ball that looked destine to clear the ropes at head height. His third of the match and 150th in ODIs was granted after Miguel Cummins failed to pick the arm ball and was pinned lbw in front of middle stump. Ashwin bowled a match-high 42 dot balls and gave away only one boundary. This mark's his best ODI figures in over two years since taking four for 25 against U.A.E in World Cup 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisSlated to require 6-to-8 weeks of rehabilitation, Ashwin is nonetheless expected to be declared fully fit in advance of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1. The absence comes on the heels of a Test season in which he bowled a whopping 738.2 overs while claiming a record 82 wickets, so the BCCI may have been searching for any reason to get him in tip-top shape for the all-important international tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a frustrating Test at Ranchi, when India nearly bowled Ashwin into the ground as the Australian batsmen fought off ball after ball, Ashwin went back to his wicket-taking ways in the final innings of the series. His economical three-for more than got the job done as they held Australia to just 137 runs and fewer than 54 overs to give them plenty of time on the abbreviated chase. After an otherwise strong innings, Ashwin was responsible for the scalp of the most dangerous man in the lineup, Glenn Maxwell, who was beaten on 45 in the 33rd over, which hastened the Aussies' demise.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter struggling to take wickets in the first innings, but acting as a top-class holding bowler (a 1.71 economy in an arm-numbing 49 overs), Ashwin showed his form in the second innings, knocking off Australia batsman after Australia batsman. Paired up with Ravindra Jadeja, who sported a 0.37 economy during his eight over spell, Ashwin took his 25th five-for in just 47 Test matches, making him unquestionably the top Test bowler in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisBowling heavyweight Ashwin certainly made his mark with the ball on the first innings, claiming the crucial scalps of opener Matt Renshaw, captain Steven Smith and the resurgent Mitchell Starc, capping the latter's contribution at 61. In his 35 overs with the ball he gave up a miserly 1.80 runs per over, allowing only eight boundaries versus 173 dots.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter struggling for form in the first innings before taking his 250th Test wicket to close out the innings, he opened up his spell in the second innings by ending Tamim Iqbal's day in the sixth over and then finished the match with his eighth four-for (to go along with 24 five-fors) in 45 Test matches. While he looks in line for a breather, he and Jadeja provide the backbone to the India attack and showed their class in the second innings, taking eight of the 10 wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin only took 45 matches to take his 250th scalp, three Tests faster than the previous record-holder, former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim gave the offbreak bowler the record when he was dismissed for 127 after edging Ashwin to India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Anil Kumble held the record for the fastest bowler from India to 250 Test wickets, which came from 55 matches.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Karun Nair will get all the headlines, you don’t get to 759 in an innings by yourself. Ashwin slowly worked his way to a half-century, spending two and a half hours in the crease and further wearing down the English attack by partnering with Nair for 181 runs. While his wicket taking prowess as a bowler will usually take center stage, this was his 10th half-century in 44 Test matches.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin started day 2 off with a bang, claiming the wicket of England allrounder Ben Stokes by drawing an outside edge to India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on the fifth ball of the morning. Stoke's wicket took England to 287/5 and India would have hoped to keep the wickets tumbling to ensure a more favorable first-innings total but conceded another 190 runs before bowling the tourists out. This is the 30-year-old off spinner's worst performance of the series so far, though he is currently the leading wicket-taker for the series with 29.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a fantastic spell for Ashwin against a tiring and frustrated England side that conceded 631 in the first innings reply. Ashwin snagged wickets in the 44th, 48th, 50th, 52nd, 54th and 56th overs to give India the innings victory. This was Ashwin's 24th five-for in his 43 match Test career and a whopping seventh 10 wicket haul in his storied Test career. Ashwin's snagged 27 wickets across the four matches and even added three half-centuries as a batsman to show just how invaluable the 30-year-old is to the Indian Test squad.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin lasted three balls before his innings was brought to an abrupt end thanks to a spectacular catch from England debutant Keaton Jennings. The 30-year-old's full blooded flick shot smashed into Jennings at short-leg, who was able to cradle the ball between his stomach and elbows to complete the catch. The allrounder was England batsman Joe Root's second victim of the day after he had Parthiv Patel caught behind in his previous over. This is only Ashiwn's third Test duck and his first of 2016.
Fantasy AnalysisRavindra Jadeja drew first blood by claiming England captain Alistair Cook's wicket for 46, but it was all Ashwin from thereon out. The off spinner took four crucial wickets in his 30 overs, including those of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings. Perhaps more impressive, he managed the feat while recording the stingiest economy rate – just 2.50 – of any Indian bowler. His 128 dot balls leads the side by a sizeable margin, although he had more opportunities, and he gave up just four boundary hits.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's slide from 148/2 to 156/5 brought Ashwin to the crease where he joined his captain Virat Kohli for a 48-run stand before the latter departed. Ashwin and the new man in, Ravindra Jadeja, shared an unbeaten 67-run partnership for the seventh wicket of which the former contributed 35. This is Ashwin's third half-century of the current Test series and his ninth overall,he brought it up from 77 balls including seven fours. India finished day 2 on 271/6, just 12 runs short of England's first innings total.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin picked up where he left off on day 3 removing Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson to bowl England out for 255 runs, 200 short of India's first innings total. The offspinner claimed Stokes for 70 runs after his successful LBW appeal was upheld on review to bring him his third wicket. Ashwin ended England's innings by dismissing Broad and Anderson in consecutive balls. With 22 Test five-wicket hauls Ashwin has the third most of any Indian behind Kapil Dev's 23 and Anil Kumble's 35.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin was sensational in both innings, taking six wickets in the first innings and exceeded that total in fewer than 14 overs to make quick work of the usually strong-batting Black Caps. Over the three-match series, he took 27 wickets and has an otherworldly six 10 wicket hauls and 21 five-wicket hauls in an innings in just 39 Test matches. His strong form will be crucial in making quick work of New Zealand during the upcoming ODI series, starting Sunday at Dharamsala.
Fantasy AnalysisJust on the other side of his 30th birthday, Ashwin was tremendous, taking his 200th Test wicket in the second innings, his 19th five-wicket haul in an innings and his fifth Test ten-for, all in just 37 matches. No slouch with the bat either, he posted 40 runs in the first innings and didn't need to bat in the second. While coming into the series, he was the third-ranked Test bowler behind Dale Steyn and James Anderson, his performance against New Zealand could continue to climb him up the charts as he's easily the most in-form bowler in international cricket right now.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting at No. 6 again, Ashwin continues to look increasingly comfortable in the elevated batting position as he notched up his second Test hundred since being promoted. Ashwin combined well with Wriddhiman Saha, as they took the score from 126 to 339 for the sixth wicket.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a rare spell batting sixth saw him strike his third Test century, Ashwin followed it up with a miraculous seven-wicket haul that gave India a comfortable 92-run victory with an innings in hand. This was the first time he'd picked up a five-for outside of Asia, much less seven, picking up the final two in the 78th over to seal the deal. With the West Indies in desperate search of runs, the spinner confounded batsman after batsman and will look to carry his strong form to Kingston for the second Test starting Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisBeing promoted up the batting order to bat at six proved to be beneficial as Ashwin showed true batsmanship and control throughout his innings until his dismissal for 113, being caught by Shannon Gabriel off the bowling of Kraigg Brathwaite. Ashwin has also bowled three overs for no wicket so far in the Windies' first innings.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Punjab posted a fair mark (52) in the Powerplay, Ashwin was introduced in the eighth and quickly broke up what amounted to their most-formidable stand, inducing Hashim Amla into a soft dismissal to midwicket. The nemesis of the first innings, M Vijay, also fell against Ashwin, who added to the haul in his fourth and final over with the wickets of Gurkeerat Singh and David Miller. Nonetheless, Ashwin and the Supergiants were still faced with a tough slog in the chase. As the second innings proceeded, RPS received valuable contributions from Usman Khawaja (30) and Thisara Perera (23), but Ashwin had a front-row seat for MS Dhoni's throwback display, which included a solo effort to gather the final 23 runs in the last over and avoid the bottom of the standings in IPL9.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a match characterized by precise bowling from KKR and a rain delay of greater than two hours, the Supergiants were tasked with containing the opposition to 66 within nine overs under the guidelines outlined under D/L method. Ashwin initiated the second innings with the all-important scalps of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, potentially setting the tone for a much-needed win. However, Ashwin's second over dashed those hopes with Yusuf Pathan's utter disregard for the confines of Eden Gardens. Once Pathan's final boundary off Ashwin surpassed the ropes, the RRR had been whittled from 6.28 to 3.66, and only the most perfect of storms could have stopped the force that is Pathan at the moment.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin has managed a heavy burden in 2015, which has so far included the World Cup, IPL8, and a tour of Bangladesh. Primarily making his hay with deadly offspin, he's toppled at least one wicket in 11 of 12 ODIs this year, with his 20 falling every 34.8 balls with an accompanying 4.32 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisPer usual, Ashwin's primary contribution came with the ball, marking his first three-wicket haul since a four-for in the World Cup against the UAE on Feb. 28. No matter, he made an earlier than expected appearance due to struggles from the opening pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, who combined to allow 28 runs in the two overs prior to Ashwin's first delivery in the eighth. Notching all three scalps in the middle overs, Ashwin notched the key dismissal of Tamim Iqbal via a tight delivery in the 18th. In 10 ODIs this year, Ashwin has picked up a wicket in all but one game, with his 17 dropping every 33.8 balls en route to a crisp 4.53 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin missed three games mid-tournament due to a laceration on his right middle finger but maintained his status as a regular wicket-taker when healthy enough to do so. While his overs were far more cheap after the respite, he nabbed wickets less often, as evidenced by his splits before (6.83 economy rate, 18.0 strike rate) and after (5.28 and 31.5, respectively). No matter, as a member of India's upcoming tour of Bangladesh, he'll be available for selection for the only Test and three ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisWith a spot in the IPL championship match on the line, Ashwin had nothing to lose with 62 runs needed from the last 27 balls. Bringing such an approach to the pitch, he smashed two fours and one six in the midst of 21- and 14-run stands, but any hope of a successful chase dwindled upon his dismissal for the ninth wicket with eight balls remaining. While Ashwin is rarely required to hit -- he's picked up the bat on four occasions in 12 matches -- the spinner's nine wickets have toppled every 22.0 balls to go with a shiny 5.87 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisOn Tuesday, Apr. 28, Ashwin suffered a laceration to his right middle finger as he attempted to catch a screamer to the covers, forcing the trio of missed outings. In his return, he accounted for 15 dot balls and only suffered one expensive over due to a six from the bat of Lendl Simmons in the sixth. Ashwin eventually set down the Indians' openers, Simmons and Parthiv Patel, in the 11th over via two catches in the deep, bumping his wicket total in IPL8 to eight in eight games. Considering his shiny 6.09 economy rate and 16.5 strike rate, Ashwin can be expected to continue taking wickets with regularity as the tournament proceeds.
Fantasy AnalysisSince sustaining a laceration to his right middle finger on Tuesday, Apr. 28, Ashwin has missed the Super Kings' last three matches, and remaining out of the playing XI on Friday is growing more likely by the day. In seven innings before the injury, he took his six wickets every 18.0 balls, with a 6.50 economy rate for good measure.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his attempt to catch a Suryakumar Yadav strike to the covers, Ashwin sustained a cut on his middle finger and didn't partake in the remainder of the game. Prior to the play, Ashwin contributed to the victory with two wickets for five runs off his two overs, stopping Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey along the way. Nevertheless, Ashwin will sit out Thursday's rematch with Kolkata and Saturday's outing against the Royal Challengers in Bangalore.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Super Kings' brilliant bowling contained Punjab to only 95 runs, and Ashwin's sleek 3.50 economy rate in this game was actually a tick behind Mohit Sharma's 3.33. Firing 14 dot balls, Ashwin stopped M Vijay and Axar Patel in their tracks in his second and third overs, respectively, acting as his first wickets since Chennai's second outing of the tournament. Ashwin's strike rate remains an uninspiring 24.0, but he's at least quelled the opposition to the tune of a 7.00 economy.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin restricted an explosive Australian batting order, conceding just 4.20 runs an over. He has been India's most economical bowler throughout the World Cup, with an economy rate of 4.28, whilst taking 13 wickets. He will now turn his attention to the IPL, where he will look to lead an inexperienced Chennai bowling attack.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin continues to exhibit supreme control with slight variations of his offspin, and although he bowled a team-low 33 dot balls, he took his ninth wicket of the tournament. After his first eight overs in the middle of the Windies' innings, he had surrendered just 3.38 runs per over, meaning the 11 runs allowed in the ninth skewed his final marks. Ashwin isn't altogether unaccomplished as a batsman, boasting a career ODI average of 17.91 and strike rate of 88.23. However, his unbeaten 16 is all the more impressive as a part of the 51-run stand with captain MS Dhoni to complete a successful chase.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin ripped through the United Arab Emirates' middle order, taking four key wickets whilst bowling 44 dot balls and conceding just one boundary. He has led India's young bowlers well in this World Cup so far, taking eight wickets at an average of 13.37 and an economy rate of 3.82.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's day started innocuously enough, as he surrendered two boundaries, both fours, in his first over. Once South Africa's Powerplay arrived, though, wickets started to fall at desirable rate for India's defense of 307. In the span of six overs, five members of the Proteas were dropped, included Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, and Morne Morkel via the right-arm offspin of Ashwin. With five wickets taken in his last three ODIs, Ashwin will carry a 27.20 average and 5.04 economy rate from that span into Saturday's game against the UAE.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's bowling has been a bright spark in India's warm-up games. His 1/37 followed his figures of 0/29 off six overs against Australia. Ashwin could play an important role in India's title defence, having to bowl in the middle and Powerplay overs. He has the ability to shut one end down and has taken wickets in each of the last 13 ODI matches in which he's played.