Ravichandran Ashwin has everything going his way from the time he stepped into the limelight with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. After a long wait in the sidelines with Harbhajan Singh leading the spin attack, Ashwin got his opportunity in the ODI format and has been a regular in the team ever since.
With Harbhajan out of sorts for quite a while, Ashwin made his Test debut a memorable one with his debut series against West Indies. He took a 9 wicket haul in his debut match and also scored his maiden century in his third Test, becoming only the third Indian to take five wickets in an innings and strike a ton in the same Test. He finished his debut series with a rich haul of 22 wickets.
Ashwin has a strong armoury with the carrom ball, an arm ball just as good, control over his offbreaks, and a sharp brain to assess the situation and bowl and bat accordingly. A street smart cricketer grown up playing gully cricket has come a long way and is the front-runner to head the spin department in the Indian team after Harbhajan Singh.