Ash­win re­gains bowl­ing top spot

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Ravichan­dran Ash­win re­gained his num­ber one spot in the bowl­ing world rank­ings yes­ter­day 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 topranked 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. —AFP

CAPE TOWN: Aus­tralia’s David Warner makes a run dur­ing their 5th One Day In­ter­na­tional cricket match against South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, yes­ter­day. —AP

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