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M Ashwin was brought to the limelight after RPS bought him for INR 4.5 Crore ahead of VIVO IPL 2016, which was 45 times his base price. His first class and List A records can be misleading but it is in the T20 format that he has managed to grab eyeballs with his wicket-taking performances.
In the 2015-16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, he picked 10 wickets at an Economy rate of 5.52, which is commendable in the format! He has since been an integral part of Tamil Nadu's T20 team, picking up 32 wickets in 30 games at an average of 24.06. M Ashwin is highly rated by the more illustrious Ashwin- his Tamil Nadu teammate R Ashwin, who has highlighted M Ashwin's googly as a ball that batsman find hard to face. Interestingly, both the Ashwin's studied at the same engineering college in Chennai.
For RPS, he played 10 games in VIVO IPL 2016 and had mixed success, picking 7 wickets. He was bought by DD ahead of VIVO IPL 2017 for INR 1 Crore but didn't feature for them. With the Chinnaswamy pitch changing it's nature towards becoming more slow-bowler friendly and with RCB looking for quality spin options, they had no qualms in splashing INR 2.20 Crores on this wily spinner who'll complement Yuzi brilliantly!