- Age: 28
- Height: 6’2”
- Job: Right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler
- Debut: Sri Lanka vs India at Harare, 2010
- Matches: 88
- Wickets: 120
- Bowling Average: 32.64
- Bowling Strike rate: 39.8
- Best: 3-24
- Economy Rate: 4.90
Attitude: A cool head who doesn’t allow the situation to get the better of him. Barring the usual celebration after taking a wicket, Ashwin remains calm in practically all occasions.
Capability: Keeps toying with his bowling action. Ashwin likes to bowl a middle and leg line rather than attack the off-stump like other conventional off-spinners.
What it takes: The carrom ball has helped him pick may wickets. Within the bat, he plays correct shots and could make a regular batsman proud.
Jersey number: 99, sports the same number for India and his IPL side, Chennai Super Kings.
His importance: An experienced campaigner who can bowl according to the requirement of the team – aggressively or defensively. Is more than a handful with the willow, and is fast improving as a decent fielder and a safe catcher.