Indian ace off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin seemed to be achieving newer heights in his international cricket career. After his recent stellar performance in the Indore test where he took 13 wickets and conceded 140 runs, Ashwin has now jumped to the top position in the ICC rankings for bowlers. Ashwin, who performed exceedingly well in the test series against the Kiwis, was awarded the man of the series which India won by 3-0. He claimed 27 wickets in the test series. He now has 220 overall wickets under his belt. This off spin bowler also happens to the first bowler in international cricket to claim 220 wickets after playing 39 tests.
Before the final test in Indore began Ashwin was in the third spot in the ICC rankings for bowlers. A notable achievement for this Indian bowler is that he won the top spot for IIC rankings for all- rounders. Ashwin at the top spot in ICC bowlers’ rankings with 900 points has gone past ace pace bowlers like James Anderson and Dale Steyn.
He previously had finished as the number one bowler in 2015 year end rankings. He attained the top spot briefly in the month of July this year. By achieving 900 points Ashwin has entered into a select club of bowlers since 2000 which includes the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Shaun Pollock.
Meanwhile, in the ICC rankings for test batsmen Ajinkya Rahane, who is India’s middle order batsman, achieved his career-best sixth spot. He was immaculate in the third test with scores of 188 and 23 not out.
Previously Rahane reached the eighth spot in the rankings in the month of August this year.
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who scored brilliantly in the last test series against the Kiwis has also moved up in the ICC Test batsman rankings as has Indian Skipper Virat Kohli. Pujara’s invaluable knock of 41 and 101 is not out enabled him to move to the 14th spot in the ICC test batsman rankings.
Meanwhile, the Indian Skipper’s excellent performance of 211 and 17 in the last test in Indore helped him achieve the 16th spot in the ICC rankings.
On the other hand, New Zealander Martin Guptill has also moved upwards in ICC test batsman rankings. He jumped up ten places in the rankings and is now at the 58th spot. His colleague Jimmy Neesham too has gone ahead by 12 slots and reached the 70th position in the rankings.
In the ICC all- rounders list Indian Ravinder Jadeja achieved his career best by sharing a third rank spot in the rankings.