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Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin Achieve Personal Bests in Test Rankings

Dubai: India’s star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top of the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers after the Mumbai Test against England, while skipper Virat Kohli moved to the second spot on the players rankings for batsmen.

Ashwin’s position was further helped by his match haul of 12/167 in the fourth Test as that helped India score an innings and 36 runs victory for a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series. For Kohli, his surge towards the top was further enhanced after his Man of the Match performance of 235 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Kohli’s highest Test score earned him 53 points, which has lifted him by one position to a career-best second rank. He is now in line to top the rankings in all three forms of the game at some point in time.

Kohli, who is currently ranked second in One-Day Internationals and first in Twenty20 Internationals, is just 11 points behind Australia captain Steve Smith, who will get a chance to maintain his top ranking in an upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan.

Ashwin, who had touched the coveted 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.

Ashwin, who grabbed six wickets each in the two innings in Mumbai, had finished the 2015 year-end rankings as the number-one bowler and was also at the top briefly in July this year. He is also the top-ranked all-rounder at 483 points and enjoys a healthy lead over Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, who is on 405 points with England’s Ben Stokes third with 341 points.

Ashwin’s rating is the second best-ever 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.

Ashwin’s spin partner Ravindra Jadeja has bridged the gap with Stokes to just one point in the all-rounders’ list after taking six wickets in Mumbai. Jadeja’s continued success has also helped him reach a career-best ranking of sixth among bowlers.

Other India players to make upward movements among batsmen are opener Murali Vijay and all-rounder Jayant Yadav. Vijay has moved up five places to 24th position after his knock of 136 while Yadav’s 104 runs at number nine position, has pushed him up 31 slots to 56th rank.

For England, debutant opener Keaton Jennings has entered the batsmen’s rankings at an impressive 64th position after innings of 112 and zero.

 

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