Ravichandran Ashwin Bowling Performances
Chennai Super Kings became the dominating force they are now at IPL, because of keeping their core team intact throughout the years. The likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Murali Vijay, who have been a part of the franchise since long back, are still proudly donning the yellow jersey.
The one player who was left out of CSK’s core unit is Ravichandran Ashwin. When CSK was suspended for two years, Ashwin found a home in Rising Pune Supergiant. While the likes of Jadeja, Raina, and others found a place in CSK when they returned, Ashwin was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab. He took on a new role of captaincy, but things didn’t quite work out. Now, he is at Delhi Capitals.
Let us have a look at the top 5 bowling performances of Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL:
#5) 3/24 Against Delhi Capitals
The 2012 season is not a year in which Ravichandran Ashwin will look back with fond memories. After a stunning display in 2011, his performance dropped considerably in the next season. But he still pulled off some magical spells, like this one between CSK and Delhi Capitals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
Batting first, Chennai scored a massive 222. Delhi lost two wickets early in the chase, but the likes of Ross Taylor and Mahela Jayawardene brought them back into the game. After Taylor’s dismissal, Ashwin joined the hunting spree, and his first victim was the dangerous Andre Russell. In his next over, he got rid of the big fish, Mahela Jayawardene. His last wicket came in the 17th over, in the form of Umesh Yadav.
#4) 3/23 Against Chennai Super Kings
The next entry on this list of top 5 bowling performances of Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL is from the last season. From 2015-18, Ashwin’s bowling performances were very ordinary, which also hurt his international career. But he came back to his best last season.
In a match against his former side, Ashwin’s Kings XI Punjab found themselves on the back-foot right from the first. After a 56-run opening stand, Ashwin finally game them the breakthrough in the form of Shane Watson. The next to depart was Faf du Plessis, while Suresh Raina was also dismissed on the next ball. Unfortunately for KXIP, not a single bowler barring Ashwin could pick up a wicket, resulting in a defeat.
#3) 3/16 Against Kolkata Knight Riders
Though Ashwin played a couple of matches in 2009, he didn’t do anything spectacular worth reporting on. It was only in 2010 when the spinner started to raise eyebrows. He bowled quite a few spectacular spells in this season, like this one in particular against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Bowling first at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed him the new ball. Ashwin struck early, dismissing both Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum in the third over. In his next over, he got rid of another famous overseas campaigner in David Hussey. In addition to that, Ashwin conceded only 16 runs, which helped CSK restrict KKR to a low total of 139.
#2) 3/16 Against Royal Challengers Bangalore
The next spell on this list of top 5 bowling performances of Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL has the exact same figures, but this was a much more significant game. It was the final of the 2011 IPL, against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Batting first, Chennai scored a massive total of 205.
Ashwin was handed the new ball once again, and here again, he struck early. To add to the list of similarities, Chris Gayle was his first victim in this game as well. In his next over, he got the wicket of another opener Mayank Agarwal. Ashwin’s next wicket came in the 11th over, in the form of Daniel Vettori. Here as well, he conceded only 16 runs and helped CSK get the desired win.
#1) 4/34 Against Kings XI Punjab
Despite being a part of IPL since 2009, Ravichandran Ashwin’s first, and the only 4-wicket haul came only in 2016, when he was playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. In the match against another of Ashwin’s former teams, Kings XI Punjab, Pune bowled first and got off to a great start.
Ashwin got the first wicket of the match in the eighth over, when he dismissed Hashim Amla. His second scalp a lot later, in the 16th over, in the form of Murali Vijay. In his next over, he got rid of Gurkeerat Mann Singh. To complete his first-ever 4-wicket haul in IPL, he dismissed the dangerous David Miller in the same over.