Ashwin Reclaims Top Spot On ICC Rankings


New Delhi: India’s R Ashwin has reclaimed the top spot on the ICC’s rankings for Test bowlers, following his seven-wicket haul against West Indies at North Sound on Sunday.

Ashwin, who had slipped down the order after Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah claimed ten wickets against England at Lord’s, gained five ratings points following his second-innings figures of 7/83 as hosts West Indies slumped to an innings defeat. Yasir managed just one wicket in the second Test at Old Trafford, which saw him relinquish the No 1 spot to Ashwin; he now sits at with place, 44 points behind Ashwin, with 876.

England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad and South African Dale Steyn stand between him and Ashwin.  Ashwin had gone wicketless during West Indies’ first innings, but roared to life when they batted again – claiming his second-best figures of 7/83 to bowl India to their largest innings win overseas+ . Bowling tight lines and getting the ball to spin and bounce off an otherwise docile surface, he ran through the batting from the time he had opener Rajendra Chandrika excellently held by an alert Saha. From 88/3, West Indies slumped to 132/8; late on day four, Ashwin added two wickets to fluff out the innings at 231.

When 2015 came to a close, Ashwin had been at No 1. As a batsman, he has gained three places to move to 45th following his innings off 113 against West Indies.

Virat Kohli , India’s Test captain, moved up two places to sit at 12th place in the batsmen rankings after his maiden double-century.

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