Tuesday, 4 September, 2012

Ashwin, Kohli achieve career-best rankings in Test

Off-spinner R. Ashwin broke into the top 20 for the first time in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers released on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli vaulted 12 places to achieve a career-best ranking of 35 in the Test batsmen rankings.
Ashwin, who took 5/69 in New Zealand’s second innings on Monday, jumped seven places to a career-best 18th position.
The Chennai bowler finished the series with 18 wickets and gained 26 places on the bowlers’ table through the course of the series, as India whitewashed the Kiwis 2-0 in the two-match series.
Pragyan Ojha, who ended with a match haul of 7/148, moved up a place to career-best 14th.
Pace bowlers Zaheer Khan (15th) and Umesh Yadav (48th) slipped a place each.
South Africa’s Dale Steyn still leads the rankings for Test bowlers.
The other Indian batsman to make upward movement is Mahendra Singh Dhoni who moved up two places to 36th.
Batsmen losing ground after the Bangalore Test include Sachin Tendulkar in 16th (down by five), Virender Sehwag in 23rd (down by one), Gautam Gambhir in 38th (down by two) and Cheteshwar Pujara in 58th (down by two).

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