Nottinghamshire rope in Ravi Ashwin as overseas player
Ravi Ashwin is still one of the best spinners for India. He is fourth leading wicket-taker of all time for India in the Test circuit, possessing huge volumes over his career. He has claimed 342 wickets at an average of 25.43, including 26 five-wicket hauls.
The Chennai born spinner has garnered 2,361 runs at an average of 29.14 in his 65 Test matches to date, with his career-best score of 124 coming against the West Indies in the year 2013.
Ashwin who will take over the role of ‘overseas player’ from James Pattinson at the end of June, is also likely to play in six of the final seven red ball matches.
Ashwin’s stint will commence at home against Essex on June 30 (Sunday) and then he will have matches against Somerset and Surrey.
He wouldn’t travel to Scarborough to face Yorkshire owing to international commitments with India but is likely to return to face Kent, Warwickshire and Surrey in the final three matches of the season.
For the unversed, Ashwin’s Nottinghamshire spell will be his second in county cricket after spicing it up in four matches for Worcestershire in 2017.
Ravi Ashwin has pretty much relished playing in English conditions, and the 32-year-old took 20 wickets at 29.15 for the Pears including 5-68 against Gloucestershire, also scoring 214 runs at an average of 42.8.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories,” Ashwin added in a statement.
The carrom-ball spinner also reiterated the fact that he enjoyed his previous stint with Worcestershire and he just can’t wait to play new innings with Nottinghamshire.
“I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It’s a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can’t wait to get started.”
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket, Mick Newell is very pleased to have signed a world class bowler. “We knew what we wanted to sign and that was a world-class bowler,” said Newell.
“Whether that was a fast or a slow bowler, we were prepared to look at all options. As it happens, we’ve signed a very good spinner, a very experienced spinner and one we hope can contribute with the bat as well.
We’ve seen world-class slow bowlers have a huge match-winning effect in county cricket over many years. Ravi certainly has that potential – and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming him to the squad and letting him loose on our opposition,” he concluded.