Ravichandran Ashwin consolidates on No.1 position in ICC Test rankings

Photo of Indian off-spinner bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.

Dubai: Indian off-spinner bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has consolidated his No.1 position at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings for Test bowlers for taking 12 wickets during the fourth Test against England at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

This Tamil Nadu spinner has surprised spectators by taking 12/167 to help the host Indian team to defeat the visitors by an innings and 36 runs for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Ashwin has touched the 900-point mark for the first time in October when he had reclaimed the top ranking, has reached 904 points to run up a 37-point lead over second placed Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka.

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The ICC has rated Ashwin as the second best by an off-spinner after Muttiah Muralitharan (920), fifth best among spinners after Tony Lock (912), Derek Underwood (907) and Shane Warne (905), and the 18th in the overall list.

He also enjoyed healthy lead over Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan as he also the top-ranked all-rounder at 483 points, who is on 405 points with England’s Ben Stokes third with 341 points.

On other hand spinner Ravindra Jadeja has finished the gap with Stokes with just one point in the all-rounder’s list after taking six wickets in Mumbai.

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Jadeja’s continued success has also helped him reach a career best ranking of sixth among Test bowlers.

India captain Virat Kohli has continued his surge towards the top after his double century in India’s only innings in Mumbai earned him the man of the match award in the rankings for Test batsmen.

Kohli’s highest Test score of 235 runs has given him 53 points that has lifted him by one position to second rank which is his career best ranking.

Other India players to make upward movements among batsmen are opener Murali Vijay and all-rounder Jayant Yadav.

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