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Ashwin Regains Top Spot Among Test Bowlers

Off-spinner Ravichandran AshwinA� dethrones A�Pakistani leg-spinner A�Yasir Shah as he reclaims top spot in bowlers’ rankings after Antigua test.

The 29-year-old off-spinnerA�has climbedA�to the top spot of the MRF ICC Player Rankings for Test BowlersA�after a superb outing in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua which led visitors to aA�massive victory by an innings and 92 runs.

Ashwin, whoA�was top-ranked in the last year-ending rankings.A�He has not only regained the top spot with aA�fantastic outing in theA�second innings.A�but has also climbed A�up in the batsmena��s rankings with an astonishing A�knock ofA�113 and fortunatelyA�strengthened his grip on the top spot among all-rounders.

After his performance at Antigua,A�Ashwin has replaced Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah,A�who had got that position only last week with a 10-wicket haul in the opening Test against England at Home of cricket.
Yasir, Who onlyA�A�managed to take one wicketA�in theA�second test against England,A�has dropped to fifth place below James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Dale Steyn.

Indian Off-spinnerA�has gained five points following his performance in the Antigua Test, while English pacer AndersonA�has gained seven points. This means the pre-Test gap between the two bowlers has been trimmed from three points to just one point only.
On the contrary, Pakistani leg spinner has lostA�A�46 points and now behind A�number-one ranked Ashwin by 44 points.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin bowls against West Indies' captain Jason Holder during day four of their first cricket Test match at Antigua
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin bowls against West Indies’ captain Jason Holder during day four of their first cricket Test match at Antigua

English young pacer Chris Woakes has jumped up 10 places to 23rd rank after his match-haul of seven for 108 at Old Trafford which contributed in Englanda��s 330 runs victory that levelled the four-match series 1-1.A�India pace bowlers also climbed up in test rankings as A�Umesh Yadav has gained six places to reach 24th rank with five wickets in Antigua while his new-ball partner Mohammad Shami has returned to the rankings at 28th place.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen,A�Indian test skipper Virat Kohlia��s 200 is the inningsA�which set the platformA�for Indiaa��s biggest win outside the subcontinent,A�has helped him gain two places to 12th place while Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has jumped four places after a knock of 84.

Ashwin has gainedA�three places to 45th rank among batsmen after his third Test century (113) against the West Indies. The 29-year-old,A�becomes the third Indian cricketer to be ranked at the top among all-rounders after Vinoo Mankad and Kapil Dev as he hasA�A�moved up from 406 points to a career-best 427 points and created a 43-point gap with Shakib, who withA�433 points A�languishing at A�second-placed.

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