Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2014
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler. He plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and the Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL (Indian Premier League). He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50, 100 and 150 wicket mark in Test cricket. He was born on 17 September 1986 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Ravichandran Ashwin was born on 17 September 1986 into a Tamil Brahmin family. He lives in West Mambalam, Chennai. His father Ravichandran played competitive cricket in Tamil Nadu. He has completed his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede's. He attended SSN College of Engineering and graduated with a B.Tech in Information Technology. Ashwin's childhood coach was Sunil Subramaniam. Currently he is playing for Rising Pune Supergiants.
Ashwin made his debut against Andhra Pradesh in Twenty20 cricket. He plays first-class cricket for Tamil Nadu and has played in the Duleep Trophy for South Zone. He was nicknamed "Dada" during his U-19 days while touring Dharmasala. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in June 2010. Later, he was selected in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad to represent India along with the spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla. He made his World Cup debut in March 2011 against the West Indies. In November 2011, he made his Test debut earning his test cap from Sachin Tendulkar along with Umesh Yadav against West Indies. Ashwin continued to succeed in the subcontinent but proved to be less effective in other places. In a home Test series against Australia in 2013, he took 29 wickets, the most by any Indian bowler in a four-match Test series. The same year, he took his 100th Test wicket in his 18th match, becoming the fastest Indian bowler to the milestone and the fastest in the world in over 80 years. On 6, November 2015 he became fastest Indian to 150 wickets as well during his 5 wicket haul against South Africa in mohali. He was a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2014 and the BCCI's international cricketer of the year for the 2012-13 season.