Ashwin up to third in Test rankings; Axar jumps 30 places

Axar Patel leaps 30 places to 38th in the bowling charts after 11-wicket haul against England in Ahmedabad; Rohit Sharma up to career-high eighth in the batting standings; England spinner Jack Leach breaks into the world’s top 30 for bowlers

Last Updated: 01/03/21 3:08pm

Ravichandran Ashwin is now behind only Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner in the ICC test bowling rankings (Pic credit - BCCI)
Ravichandran Ashwin is now behind only Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner in the ICC test bowling rankings (Pic credit – BCCI)

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has risen to third in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers after his seven-wicket haul against England in the day-night game in Ahmedabad.

Ashwin took 3-26 and 4-48 – including his 400th Test wicket – as India rolled England for 112 and 81 to win the pink-ball third Test inside two days and move 2-1 up in the four-match series with one game to play.

Off-spinner Ashwin (823 rating points) has leapt four places in the standings and now sits behind only New Zealand’s Neil Wagner (825) and top-ranked Pat Cummins of Australia (908).

Ashwin passed 400 wickets in just his 77th Test for India (Pic credit - BCCI)
Ashwin passed 400 wickets in just his 77th Test for India (Pic credit – BCCI)

Ashwin’s fellow India spinner Axar Patel has shot up 30 places to 38th in the bowling rankings after taking match-figures of 11-70 in the two-day win over England, snaring 6-38 in the tourists’ first innings and then 5-32 in their second.

The 27-year-old has now taken three five-wicket hauls across his first two Tests, having picked up 5-60 on debut in England’s second innings of the second Test, which India won by 317 runs.

India batsman Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, has risen to a career-high eighth in the batting standings, with his current rating of 742 points 20 more than his previous best of 722 in October 2019.

The opener hit 66 and an unbeaten 25 in Ahmedabad after scoring 161 in the second Test.

Leach breaks into world’s top 30

England spinnerJack Leach is 28th in the Test bowling charts (Pic credit - BCCI)
England spinnerJack Leach is 28th in the Test bowling charts (Pic credit – BCCI)

England left-arm spinner Jack Leach has moved up three places to 28th in the bowling standings after bagging 4-54 in India’s first innings in Ahmedabad.

Team-mate Zak Crawley is up 15 places to 46th in the batting charts after scoring 53 on his return to the England side having missed the opening two Tests in India with a wrist injury.

Crawley top-scored in England’s first innings, hitting 10 fours in an enterprising 84-ball innings.

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Source : Sky Sports