“Ashwin Regains Top Spot in ICC Men’s Test Bowling Rankings”

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Men’s Test Bowling Rankings after an impressive performance in his 100th Test match. Ashwin’s nine-wicket match haul against England helped India secure a resounding victory in Dharamsala, leading to a 4-1 series win in the ICC World Test Championship.

Ashwin’s stellar performance propelled him back to the number one position, displacing his compatriot Jasprit Bumrah. This marks Ashwin’s sixth stint at the top of the rankings, with his first tenure beginning in December 2015.

Kuldeep Yadav, who was named Player of the Match for his exceptional bowling performance, has surged 15 places to a career-best 16th position in the rankings after claiming seven wickets in the match.

India’s batting lineup also saw notable improvements, with captain Rohit Sharma climbing five places to sixth and Shubman Gill reaching a career-best 20th position after his impressive showing. Player of the Series Yashasvi Jaiswal moved up two places to eighth in the rankings, accumulating 740 rating points after nine Tests, a feat achieved by only two other players – Don Bradman and Mike Hussey.

In the Australian camp, fast bowler Josh Hazlewood’s outstanding performance, including a five-for in the match against New Zealand, propelled him to second position in the rankings, equaling his previous best ranking achieved in February 2017.

Matt Henry’s remarkable figures of seven for 67 in the first innings helped him climb six places to 12th in the rankings, crossing the 700-point mark for the first time in his career.

In the Men’s ODI Rankings, Ireland’s Harry Tector reached a career-best-equalling fourth position after his impressive performances against Afghanistan, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s standout performance saw him move up to 22nd position.

Muhammad Waseem and Junaid Siddiqui made significant gains in the Men’s T20I Rankings, with Waseem moving up to 14th among batters and Siddiqui climbing 14 places to 74th among bowlers.

Several other players across different formats also experienced improvements in their rankings, showcasing their impressive performances on the international stage.

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