ICC Rankings: Ashwin becomes No. 1 Test all-rounder; Career-best ranks for Rahane, Jadeja

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Bengaluru, Dec 8: India's Ravichandran Ashwin today became the number one Test all-rounder in the latest ICC Rankings announced today. He has replaced Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan at the top.

Indian team ranked 2nd

There was also good news for other Indian players following their historic 3-0 Test series victory against South Africa at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium yesterday (December 7). Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja have achieved career-best ranks.

R Ashwin

Ashwin won the Man-of-the-series award against the Proteas for his 31 wickets and has now reduced the gap with South African pace spearhead in the bowlers rankings. Ashwin remains at 2nd spot after gaining 15 points but the difference is just 4 points with top-ranked Steyn.

Ashwin scored a half century in Delhi Test and his effort with the bat and outstanding form with the ball have taken him to number one in all-rounders list.

After scoring twin centuries in the 4th Test in Delhi, Rahane has jumped 14 places to 12th in the rankings for batsmen. He is the highest-ranked Indian among batters. Rahane joined an elite club of cricketers when he hit 127 and 100 not out in Delhi.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja, who took had an impressive series, is at his career-best 7th in bowlers rankings. Before the series he was at 30th position. India captain Virat Kohli has gained 2 places to be at 14th in rankings for batsmen.

ICC Players Rankings (As on December 8, 2015)

Batsmen (Top 20)

1. Steven Smith (Australia) 886 points

2. Joe Root (England) 886

3. AB de Villiers (South Africa) 881

4. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 876

5. David Warner (Australia) 862

6. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) 851

7. Younus Khan (Pakistan) 826

8. Hashim Amla (South Africa) 810

9. Alastair Cook (England) 803

10. Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 787

11. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 764

12. Ajinkya Rahane (India) 753

13. Asad Shafiq (Pakistan) 726

14. Virat Kohli (India) 725

15. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 720

16. Murali Vijay (India) 697

17. Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 696

18. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) 691

19. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) 686

20. Azhar Ali (Pakistan) 673

Career-best bowling rank for Jadeja

Bowlers (Top 20)

1. Dale Steyn (South Africa) 875 points

2. R. Ashwin (India) 871

3. James Anderson (England) 846

4. Yasir Shah (Pakistan) 846

5. Stuart Broad (England) 840

6. Trent Boult (New Zealand) 809

7. Ravindra Jadeja (India) 789

8. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 751

9. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 746

10. Morne Morkel (South Africa) 726

11. Josh Hazlewood (Australia) 708

12. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 692

13. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) 669

14. Tim Southee (New Zealand) 650

15. Kemar Roach (West Indies) 642

16. Dhammika Prasad (Sri Lanka) 632

17. Nathan Lyon (Australia) 628

18. Peter Siddle (Australia) 620

19. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 614

20. Jerome Taylor (West Indies) 583

All-rounders (Top 5)

1. R. Ashwin (India) 406 points

2. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 384

3. Stuart Broad (England) 315

4. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 298

5. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 260

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