Ashwin's friends threw a party for his 29th birthday. Photo courtesy: Twitter
Ashwin’s friends threw a party for his 29th birthday. Photo courtesy: Twitter

Ravichandran Ashwin, born September 17, 1986, India’s current best off-spinner, turned 29 on Thursday. The bowler, who hails from Chennai managed to spend quality time with his friends and expressed his delight as his birthday kicked off with a get together his friends had planned for him. He shared a selfie on social media, captioned, “Thank you so much friends, it was a great start to my 29.” He not only is considered as one of brightest finds of Indian cricket but also has numbers to justify it. Very few would have believed when Ashwin had begun his cricketing career that an opening batsman at junior-level will be his country’s next best bowler—the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50- and 100-wicket mark in Test cricket. READ: Ravichandran Ashwin best off-spinner in the world, says Ravi Shastri

The recently ended India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2015, which turned out to be India’s first Test series win on the island since 1993 and their first away Test series win since 2011. Virat Kohli became the first captain to lead India to a rare series win in Lanka since Mohammad Azharuddin achieved it 22 years ago. It was Ashwin who had played a vital role in helping Kohli write his anme in history: The Chennai cricketer bagged 21 wickets at 18.09 with two five-fors and a ten-for in the Test series against and also scored a half-century in the third Test at SSC batting at No. 9. India won the series 2-1 and his all-round performance earned his a fourth man of the series award in five series since his debut.

 

The upcoming marathon Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series against South Africa is now not even a month away and undoubtedly Ashwin has a huge role to play in it. The series that is 72-days long consists of four Tests, three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The last time the Proteas had toured India, the two-match Test series had ended in a draw with both sides winning a game each. READ: Ravichandran Ashwin rates Sri Lanka series as the best he has bowled in his career

Once again, the new Indian Test skipper has a chance to etch his name in history, this time in front of the massive home crowd. Kohli will definitely turn towards Ashwin if he wants him to open the bowling, bowl at death, or bring him into action when India will desperately want a breakthrough in the game; important days waiting ahead for the birthday boy!