Off-spinner Ravichandran AshwinA dethrones APakistani leg-spinner AYasir Shah as he reclaims top spot in bowlers’ rankings after Antigua test.

The 29-year-old off-spinnerAhas climbedAto the top spot of the MRF ICC Player Rankings for Test BowlersAafter a superb outing in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua which led visitors to aAmassive victory by an innings and 92 runs.

Ashwin, whoAwas top-ranked in the last year-ending rankings.AHe has not only regained the top spot with aAfantastic outing in theAsecond innings.Abut has also climbed Aup in the batsmenas rankings with an astonishing Aknock ofA113 and fortunatelyAstrengthened his grip on the top spot among all-rounders.

After his performance at Antigua,AAshwin has replaced Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah,Awho had got that position only last week with a 10-wicket haul in the opening Test against England at Home of cricket.
Yasir, Who onlyAAmanaged to take one wicketAin theAsecond test against England,Ahas dropped to fifth place below James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Dale Steyn.

Indian Off-spinnerAhas gained five points following his performance in the Antigua Test, while English pacer AndersonAhas 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 lostAA46 points and now behind Anumber-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 Englandas 330 runs victory that levelled the four-match series 1-1.AIndia pace bowlers also climbed up in test rankings as AUmesh 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,AIndian test skipper Virat Kohlias 200 is the inningsAwhich set the platformAfor Indiaas biggest win outside the subcontinent,Ahas helped him gain two places to 12th place while Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has jumped four places after a knock of 84.

Ashwin has gainedAthree places to 45th rank among batsmen after his third Test century (113) against the West Indies. The 29-year-old,Abecomes the third Indian cricketer to be ranked at the top among all-rounders after Vinoo Mankad and Kapil Dev as he hasAAmoved up from 406 points to a career-best 427 points and created a 43-point gap with Shakib, who withA433 points Alanguishing at Asecond-placed.


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