Bengaluru, Oct 12: India's star offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has once again become the number one Test bowler in the world after his career-best 13/140 in the Indore Test against New Zealand yesterday (October 11). Ashwin is also the number one Test all-rounder.
In the latest International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Player Rankings for bowlers released on Wednesday (October 12), Ashwin has displaced South African fast bowler Dale Steyn from the top spot. Ashwin had ended the year 2015 as the top-ranked Test bowler. He was also on top of the table in July for a brief period.
Thanks to Ashwin's outstanding bowling, India thrashed New Zealand by 321 runs, their second biggest in terms of runs, in the third and final Test in Indore to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
Ashwin was named the Man-of-the-match and also claimed the Player-of-the-series award, his 7th, after finishing with 27 wickets in the series.
The 30-year-old Tamil Nadu bowler has now achieved a career-best rating of 900 points in the ICC Rankings for Test bowlers. He has jumped two places to number one. Ashwin now has 220 wickets from 39 Tests.
With the clean sweep over New Zealand, India has also become the number one Test side in the world. Captain Virat Kohli was presented with the ICC Test Championship mace after the Indore Test.
ICC Test Rankings for bowlers (As on October 12, 2016 after India-New Zealand series)
(Read as Rank, Player, Rating Points)
1. Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 900
2. Dale Steyn (South Africa) 878
3. James Anderson (England) 870
4. Stuart Broad (England) 836
5. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 831
6. Yasir Shah (Pakistan) 806
7. Ravindra Jadeja (India) 805
8. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 792
9. Neil Wagner (New Zealand) 731
10. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 723