New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin's career has been one that every youngster hopes for. He took his trickery from the streets of Chennai to make it to the most valued positions in cricket.
The right arm spinner came into the bigger picture with the Indian Premier League and has grabbed every opportunity coming his way. At the age of 25, Ashwin has been a part of the World Cup winning squad, the IPL and the Champions League T20 to make him an integral part of the Indian line-up.
While the world around him was looking to change their act around, Ashwin's biggest strength has been his conventional off-spinners which come off rather unconventionally because of his height.
Until he burst into the Test line-up, Ashwin was widely measured as a limited-overs bowler because of his tendency to contain the batsmen without actually posing a threat. But all that changed with a well-calculated performance against West Indies in his first Test match.
The spinner grabbed 9 wickets in the match - 3 in the first inning and 6 in the second - to set up the perfect platform for the Indian batsmen to go for a win.