Here are twelve interesting facts about the spinner...

1. Cricket was not the first choice for Ashwin as he loved playing football as a child.

2. Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to take 50 wickets (in 9 Test) and 100 wickets (in 18 Test) matches.

3. As an all-rounder, Ashwin claimed fifty Test wickets and also score 500 runs in 11 Test match. He along with Ian Botham is the fastest to achieve this record.

4. R Ashwin became the 47th cricketer to receive the Arjuna Award.

5. Ashwin is the third Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in an innings in a Test match. He achieved this feat against West Indies.

6. Ashwin has taken five-wicket haul 12 times in 28 Test matches.

7. Ashwin took nine wickets on his Test debut and won the Man-of-the-Match award.

8. Ashwin’s father, Ravichandran, played competitive cricket in Tamil Nadu.

9. He has completed his B.Tech in Information Technology from SSN College of Engineering, Chennai.

10. R Ashwin was an opener during his U-17 days. But inconsistent performances prompted him try his hand at bowling as well and thus he became an all-rounder.

11. Ashwin made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2010 June. He scored 38 off 32 balls and picked up 2 wickets.

12. Ashwin was fifth highest wicket taker in Champions Trophy 2013, the third highest wicket taker in World T20 2014 and third highest amongst the spinners in World cup 2015.

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