Do you think you know enough about your favourite spinner Ravichandran Ashwin? Well, that might not be the case.
The lanky spinner, who has 145 wickets from 28 Test matches, has sprang a surprise every now and then. With 139 wickets in 99 ODI matches and an impressive T20 career, he is the one to rely on when it comes to the shorter formats of the game.
The Men in Blue will bank on him in the series against South Africa.
Having just answered critics of his modest away record with 21 wickets to rally India to a 2-1 Test series win in Sri Lanka — he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara in all four innings, Ashwin can emerge the biggest match-winner in the home series against South Africa.
Ashwin bagged 29 wickets in India’s 4-0 Test series sweep against Australia in 2013 and can repeat similar heroics.
He served notice as a spinner of promise in the high-profile Chennai league in 2004-5, taking over 50 wickets and scoring 900 plus runs in that season. It fast-tracked him into the Tamil Nadu team.
A bowler whose stock rose in IPL, Ashwin has constantly looked to re-invent his skill set, be it extending the elbow flex to the maximum permissible 15 degrees, trying little variations to add to his carrom ball, or even bowling leg-breaks. He refuses to be content and has vowed to keep experimenting!
Now, fingers crossed, literally. Wait is on to see if Ashwin can impress against the Proteas.