ASHWIN’S BACK AT THE TOP OF THE TEST RANKINGS
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin rocketed to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers with a career-best haul of 13140 in the final Test that helped India beat New Zealand by 321 runs, their second biggest victory in terms of runs. Ashwin was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India, now has 220 wickets, the most by any bowler after 39 Tests. Ranked third before the final Test in Indore, Ashwin has leapfrogged pace bowlers James Anderson and Dale Steyn to attain a career-best rating of 900 points. The 30-year old, who finished the 2015 yearend rankings as the No. 1 bowler and was also at the top briefly in July this year, has joined a select band to have touched a rating of 900 points since 2000. The others are Muttiah Muralidaran, Glenn McGrath, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Shaun Pollock.