Ravichandran Ashwin Bio: Cricket, Records, Wife and Net Worth

Ravichandran Ashwin is simply the most valuable treasure of the Indian bowling department. Ashwin came to the limelight after an impressive 2010 IPL season with Chennai Super Kings.

Since wearing an Indian jersey in 2010, Ashwin has always performed with his bowling variations and skills. He is even showing some batting, having already scored centuries five times in Test cricket.

Ashwin has many records in his name. He is the third Indian to be honored as ICC Cricketer of the Year. Likewise, he is also the fastest player to pick up 250, 300, and 350 wickets in test matches.

Ashwin is a family man. Apart from his busy cricketing schedule, he likes to spend as much time with his daughters and wives. 

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is 4th Indian to take 400 test wickets

“Spin bowling is like software; if you don’t try and upgrade it, you will fall by the wayside.”
– Ravi Ashwin

Quicks Facts

Full NameRavichandran Ashwin
Birth Date17th September 1986
Birth PlaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nick NameAsh
ReligionHinduism
NationalityIndian
EthnicityUnknown
EducationSSN College of Engineering (Information Technology)
HoroscopeVirgo
Father’sNameN.Ravichandran
Mother’sNameChitra
SiblingsUn known
Age36 Years Old
Height1.88m (6 feet 2 inches)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Body MeasurementChest (42 inches), Waist (33 inches), Biceps (14 inches)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Batting styleRight Hand Batsman
Bowling StyleRight-arm off-break
Marital StatusMarried (2011)
WifePrithi Narayanan
ChildrenAadhya Ashwin, Akhira Ashwin
ProfessionProfessional Cricketer
Net Worth$20.5 million (as of 2021)
SalarySeven core 
Domestic Team Delhi Capitals, Tamil Nadu
Previous TeamsChennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, Worcestershire, Kings XI Punjab, Nottingham 
Active Since2006- present
Social MediaTwitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook
Jersey Number99
National TeamIndia Cricket Team
Test Debut (cap 271)6th November 2011 vs. West Indies
ODI Debut (cap 185)5th June 2010 vs. Sri Lanka
T20l Debut  (cap 30)12th June 2010 vs. Zimbabwe
Role All-Rounder
ICC Ranking4th (Test), 82nd (ODI), 76th (T20I)
Awards;
ICC Cricketer of the Year: 2016
CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2016–17
Late UpdateNovember, 2022

Ravichandran Ashwin | Early Life

Ravichandran Ashwin was born on 17th September 1986 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is Indian by nationality and follows Hinduism. Likewise, he is Virgo, as per the horoscope chart.

Ashwin’s father, N. Ravichandran, was a former club-level cricket player and used to work at Southern Railways. His mother’s name is Chitra. 

Ashwin with his parents
Ashwin with his parents

During childhood, his first love was football. Moreover, he was a well-known football player in his school.  However, later he pursued cricket, and he won’t regret his decision. 

In the beginning, Ashwin was an opening batsman for his team. So, it’s no surprise he is a decent lower-order batsman now.

But, when Ashwin was 14 years old, his hip bones caused him to lie in bed for two months. Ashwin also could not play cricket for one year.

After his return from injury, he was suggested to try spin bowling by his mother. Before, he also used to bowl medium-pace bowling. Later after joining National Cricket Academy, his ambition to become a spinner skyrocketed.

He was the opening batsman for India U-17 but was replaced because of a lack of consistency by Rohit Sharma

Education

His parents were quite strict regarding academics. Although they supported his cricketing career, they were also conscious of his education too. 

Ravichandran Ashwin completed his school and high school at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School.

He mentions St. Bede’s mentors C.K. Vijay and Chandra have a huge role in his cricketing career. 

Later Ashwin attended SSN College of Engineering, from where he completed his BTech in Information Technology. Ashwin was a student-athlete, so he got the freedom to play and only had to attend school once a week. 

Ashwin made his cricketing beginning at Egmore Excelsiors, where his father also used to play in the past. 

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Ravichandran Ashwin | Body Measurement

Initially, Ravichandran Ashwin was not conscious of fitness. In the past, he was constantly criticized for his fitness level. 

But with time and exposure, he started to know its importance. So, he worked extra hard to maintain his fitness.

In the past, he trained with Sankar Basu to improve his physical fitness. Recently, in lockdown, he lost 8kgs to improve the physical condition of an aging body.

Ashwin stands 1.88m (6 feet 2 inches)and weighs around 75 kg (165 lb). Furthermore, his other body measurements are chest (42 inches), waist (33 inches), and biceps (14 inches).

Ravichandran Ashwin | Professional Cricket Career

International Career

Test

On 6th November 2011, Ashwin made his India test debut against West Indies. In the first inning, he took 3/81, followed by 6/47 in the second one.

Later, he became the third Indian to be awarded man of the match in the test debut. Furthermore, in the same series, he was also the third Indian to score a hundred and pick five wickets.

In late 2012, in the Test series against England, Ravichandran Ashwin became the Indian fastest 50 wicket-taker in the test match.

Later, in 2013, Ashwin scored his second test century to record the highest 7th-wicket test partnership of 280 runs with Rohit Sharma in the West Indies series. He also set another record taking 100 wickets only in the 18th Test.

On 12th February 2017, Ashwin became the fastest player to grab 250 wickets in the test after dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim. 

During the Test series against Sri Lanka, Ashwin reached 300 test wickets, becoming the fastest player ever in 54 test matches.

On 25th February 2021, Ashwin took 400 test wickets dismissing Jofra Archer in the Test series against England. He is the fourth Indian and the second-fastest bowler to achieve that milestone.

ODI 

On 5th June 2010, Ashwin made his ODI debut for India against Srilanka. Moreover, in his debut, Ashwin scored 32 runs and picked up 2/50.

Later, due to his consistent performance, Ashwin was named to the India squad that won the 2011 World Cup. However, he played only in two matches, one against Australia in the quarterfinals.

Furthermore, in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final, which was reduced to 20 over a match due to rain Ashwin gave 15 runs and took two wickets in 4 overs.

Ashwin also played in the 2015 World Cup held in New Zealand and Australia. He was a crucial player for semi-finalist India picking 13 wickets in 8 matches.

T20

Ravichandran Ashwin made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe, taking 1/22 in 4 overs. 

Later in the 2014 Aisa Cup and 2014 ICC World Cup, he became a crucial bowler for India. He finished with nine wickets over four matches helping India clinch the 2014 Asia Cup.

Likewise, he took 11 wickets in India’s undefeated run to the WT20 finals. Furthermore, Ashwin earned a place in “Team of the Tournament” in both competitions.

Later, in 2016, Ashwin became the first 50 T20 wicket-taker in India’s history. Moreover, Ashwin, with 52 wickets is India’s highest wicket-taker in international T20 cricket.

Learn more about the player’s latest news, test career, and batting average on Cricbuzz.

IPL Career

Chennai Super Kings

In 2009 Ravichandran Ashwin was selected by Chennai Super Kings to lay in IPL. Later in 2010 and 2011, he went on to went two consecutive IPL titles with CSK. In the title-winning season, he managed to take 12 and 20 wickets each season, respectively. 

Ashwin with Dhoni
Ashwin with Dhoni

Furthermore, he also won the Champions League T20 in 2010 and 2014, playing for CSK. In the 2010 edition, he was the highest wicket-taker of the tournament bagging 13 wickets.

Journey Men

In 2016, after two years ban for CSK in IPL, Ashwin was drafted by Rising Pune Supergiants. During a four-wicket win over Punjab, he grabbed his 100th IPL wicket. But the next season, he could not play due to injury.

Later in 2018, Ashwin was picked up by Kings XI Punjab and was announced as their captain. 

Ashwin was transferred to Delhi Capitals for the 2020 IPL season. Overall, in his IPL career, he has picked up 138 wickets in 151 innings.

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Ravichandran Ashwin | Stats

YearMatInnsOversMdnsRunsWktsBBIBBMAvgEcon
Career821543731.4770103464277/5913/14024.222.77

Ravichandran Ashwin | Current Controversy

Recently, in October 2021, Ravichandran Ashwin had a spat with Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. Later, Ashwin explained his altercation on Twitter stating he had no idea that the ball had hit Rishabh when he took the run. 

Yet again, he also added that he would have still taken the run even if he knew that the ball had hit Rishabh. Following it, the whole Twitter got divided into two halves. While some supported his claim, some backed up Morgan. 

Ravichandran Ashwin | Personal Life

Family

Ravichandran Ashwin married his childhood friend Prithi Narayanan in 2011. Moreover, they graduated with their bachelor’s from the same college SSN College of Engineering.

Furthermore, she always fully supports Ashwin and mostly watches his all games. 

Ashwin’s wife is head of operations at Gen-Next Cricket Institute and operates Carrom Ball Media’s marketing company. 

Ashwin enjoying holiday with his family
Ashwin enjoying a holiday with his family

As of 2021, the couple has two daughters together. Elder daughter Akhira was born in 2015, whereas the younger one Aadhya in 2016. Ashwin also likes to take his children on his cricket tour match.

Foundation

In 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin started Ashwin Foundation. It provides cricket scholarships to underprivileged children.

During its opening, only it awarded scholarships to 8 kids. Other than cricket foundation has also focused on eye and blood donations.

Ashwin also works as a mentor at Gen-Next Cricket Institute, founded by his father, N.Ravichandran. Institute has five branches in Chennai altogether.

Favorites

Ashwin is a dog lover and has three dogs. Moreover, he always takes his dogs for night walks when free from cricketing duty. 

Ashwin’s hobbies are reading books and watching moves. Furthermore, he mentions those are his stress buster. Moreover, Ashwin can be described as a movie freak and loves watching all new releases at Chennai’s Sathyam Cinema.

Ashwin’s favorite captain is Sourav Ganguly. However, his favorite athletes are Vivian Richards, Kapil Dev, and Usain Bolt.  He still loves watching football and supports Spain Football Team. 

Importantly, Ashwin loves bowling carrom ball. He is the only bowler besides Ajantha Mendis to bowl carrom ball. 

Ravichandran Ashwin | Salary and Net Worth

Ravichandran Ashwin’s amazing display on the cricket field has definitely helped him earn a good amount of money. He receives a salary from both domestic and international cricket careers. 

From his IPL career, Ashwin has already earned 7,24,900,000 core. Breaking down his contract playing for CSK, he earned 1.2 core per year in his first three seasons.

Later his salary rose to 3.9 core per year from 2011. Then in 2014, he earned 7.5 core per year while playing for CSK and Rising Pune Supergiant.

Later, in 2018 after being purchased by Kings XI, Punjab earned 7.6 core per year. Currently, he earns the same amount after transferring to  Delhi Capitals.

While playing for India National Team, he earned three lakhs per match in ODI. Similarly, he earns five lakhs per test match.

After, India National Team disclosed the new salary Ashwin earned seven crores per year being A category player.

The estimated Net worth of Ravichandran Ashwin is $20 million

Ashwin is one of the most endorsed players in Indian Cricket. He has sponsorship deals with dozens of brands. Firstly, Ashwin’s personal sponsor is Nike.

Likewise, since 2014 He has represented as the brand ambassador of  Ramraj Linen Shirts. He is also the brand ambassador of Aristocrat since 2017.

Similarly, Manna foods, Moov, and Equitas SFB started endorsing Ashwin back in 2016. Furthermore, Ashwin has been associated with brands like Castrol, Vodafone, Gillette, Hero, and Oppo.

Social Media Presence

Ashwin is an active social media person. Currently, he has Twitter (10.2 million), Facebook (4.1 million), Instagram (2.8 million), and Youtube (622k followers) handles.

He usually shares cricket-related stuff on his social media platforms. He is also using these handles to mentor and interact with youths. 

On youtube, he runs cricket podcats with different professional cricketers and analysts. Moreover, during the Covid 19 pandemic, he made productive time interacting with fans and teammates on social media. 

Ashwin is a family guy. He likes to upload or post family moments and lifestyles on social media. Mostly, on Twitter, he tweets frequently regarding sports. 

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Ravichandran Ashwin | Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Ashwin dropped?

Even after an impressive performance in the past couple of IP seasons, Ashwin is still yet to earn back his place in India teams for the short format.

He had not been called since the West Indies tour back in 2017. However, management mentioned team rotation for workload as the reason. 

Are M Ashwin and R Ashwin brothers?

There has been a misunderstanding of M Ashwin and R Ashwin being brothers, but they are not.

However, there was one thing in common between them: Ashwin completed a degree from Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College.

Where is Ravichandran Ashwin’s house?

The player’s house is in West Mambalam, Chennai. He lives there with his beautiful family. 

Has Ravichandran Ashwin retired?

Although the player considered getting retired between 2018 and 2021, he has not retired yet. 

Which team does Ravichandran Ashwin play for?

In the 2020 IPL auction, Ashwin was selected by Delhi Capitals. Previously, in IPL, he played for Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, and Kings XI Punjab.

However, in domestic cricket, he has been playing for Tamil Nadu since in debut in 2006.

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