India´s Ashwin regains bowling top spot
NEW DELHI: Ravichandran Ashwin regained his number one spot in the bowling world rankings Wednesday after his career-best performance in the final Test against New Zealand spurred India to a series whitewash.
The lanky spinner leapfrogged South African pacer Dale Steyn and England´s Jimmy Anderson at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings in an update released a day after he recorded match figures of 13-140.
The 30-year-old Ashwin was also named man of the series after India´s 321-run triumph over the Black Caps in the third and final match in Indore which cemented the hosts´ position as the number one Test team.
He took 27 wickets in the course of the three-match series, including figures of seven for 59 in New Zealand´s second innings in Indore.
Ashwin last topped the chart in July and is also the top-ranked allrounder thanks in part to his stellar performances with the bat during India´s recent tour of the West Indies, where he scored two centuries.
While Australian skipper Steve Smith remained at the top of the batting rankings, Ajinkya Rahane´s career best 188 in Indore saw the right-handed Indian batsman move up five places to sixth in the chart.