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Ravichandran Ashwin reclaims number one spot in ICC Rankings

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 27 wickets from three Tests
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 27 wickets from three Tests
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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has reclaimed the pole position in the International Cricket Council rankings for bowlers after his recent performance in the Test series against England.

Ashwin, picked 27 wickets in the three games including three five-wicket hauls and now he leapfrogs South Africa's Dale Steyn and England's James Anderson to top the table.

With 220 wickets in 39 Tests, Ashwin now has 900 rating points, which is also his career-best and now joins the likes of Muttiah Muralidaran, Glenn McGrath, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Shaun Pollock, who are the other bowlers to have crossed the coveted milestone since 2000.

Apart from topping the chart for the bowlers, the 30-year-old also leads the all-rounders rankings with 451 points.

With 347 runs in the series, Ajinkya Rahane, is the highest ranked Indian batsman after gaining two places to the sixth spot with 825 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who finished as the leading run-scorer in the series with 373 runs including a century and three fifties has moved one position up to the 14th spot while Virat Kohli's double century in Indore saw him gain four places to 16th.

After scoring 129 runs and picking 14 wickets in the series, Ravindra Jadeja climbed to the third position in the all-rounder rankings which is also his career best.

Martin Guptill's and Jimmy Neesham's knocks in the third Test saw them progress to the 58th and 70th position respectively.

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