Ravichandran Ashwin
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ICC Rankings: Ravichandran Ashwin Replaces James Anderson, Becomes No.1 Test bowler In The ICC Rankings. India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by registering an emphatic win over Australia at Delhi. Team India under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma vanquished Australia by six wickets in the second test of the series and Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin played a key role in it by taking six wickets.

With the help of this spectacular performance, Ravi Ashwin grabs the number one spot in the latest ICC rankings by displacing veteran English pacer James Anderson. Ashwin has bagged 14 wickets in this series in just two test matches with a phenomenal average of 16.79. He took one five-for in the series.

In the last two years, Ashwin has scalped 62 wickets in 14 test matches. Only four other bowlers have bagged more wickets than him in this period across the globe.

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Top wicket-takers from the last two years in Test cricket

Player           MatchesWicketsAverageStrike Rate
James Anderson              207421.6255.6
Nathan Lyon          187228.1165.1
Kagiso Rabada        146721.436.5
Ollie Robinson       166621.2747
Ravichandran Ashwin          146218.4145

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As we can gauge from this table, among the top wicket-takers in the last two years in Test cricket, Ashwin averaged the lowest. He got a wicket conceding only 18 runs approximately on average; whereas Anderson spent around 21 runs for every wicket and Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon concede around 28 runs every wicket.

Ravindra Jadeja moves to the eighth position in the latest ICC Test bowling rankings

Ashwin took the lead of five rating points over James Anderson. Also, all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja moved up the order to the eighth spot as he snared 10 wickets in the Delhi test. England’s youngster Harry Brook took a big leap and climbed from 15 places to 16th spot in the ICC Test ranking.

Joe Root grabs the third position in the ICC Test batting rankings

Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne maintained his top position in the ICC Test batting rankings. England’s premier batter Joe Root rose to the third spot in the batting rankings whereas Kiwi batter Tom Blundell climbed four places to sit at seventh position in the ICC test batting rankings.