Dubai: India’s right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has slipped to one step downward at third position in the international Cricket Council (ICC) Test format list, released today.
Ace bowler from South Africa, Dale Steyn has moved one step and bounce back to top position forward leaving behind England’s James Anderson at second position and pushed Ashwin to third place.
Steyn’s match-winning figures of 5/33 in the second innings helped the Proteus register a thumping 204-run victory over New Zealand in Centurion on Tuesday. This was his 26th five-wicket haul, as the right-armer finished with match figures of eight for 99 to regain the top slot.
The 33-year-old’s ascendance to the top has effectively brought Anderson down to second and Ashwin to third. The rest of the top five includes England’s Stuart Broad and Sri Lankan Rangana Herath at the fourth and fifth places respectively.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is another Indian in the top 10 of the list, occupying the 8th spot.
Ashwin, however, continues to lead the table of the Test all-rounders with Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan at second and England’s Moeen Ali at the third spot.