New Delhi: Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin climbed to second place while his teammate and opener Mayank Agarwal, along with New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel also made massive progress in the ICC Test Rankings issued on Wednesday.Also Read - ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah Feature In Top-10; Rohit Sharma Unmoved At Number 5
Agarwal’s Player of the Match effort in the second Test in Mumbai, where he scored 150 and 62, has helped him gain 30 spots and reach 11th position in the latest update to the men’s rankings. He is just one spot below a career-best 10th position that he first attained in November 2019. Also Read - New Zealand Spinner Ajaz Patel Wins ICC Player Of The Month Award
The Mumbai-born Patel, who became only the third player to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings, emulating Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, has moved up 23 slots to 38th after finishing with 14 wickets in the match. The left-arm spinner’s previous best ranking was 53rd and he had started the series in 62nd position. Also Read - Ajaz Patel Disappointed On Test Snub, Seeks Encouragement For New Zealand Spinners
Others to move up in the rankings after the Mumbai Test, which was a part of the ICC World Championships, are India opener Shubman Gill (up 21 places to 45th), fast bowler Mohammad Siraj (up four places to 41st) and New Zealand batter Daryl Mitchell (up 26 places to 78th).
Ashwin has bridged the gap with top-ranked bowler Pat Cummins after finishing with four wickets in each innings in India’s 372-run victory.
Ashwin has gained 43 rating points to reach a total of 883 and is 67 points ahead of third-placed Josh Hazlewood. He has moved up one place to second among all-rounders even as his compatriot Ravindra Jadeja has slipped to fourth in the list led by West Indies’ Jason Holder.
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