Ashwin tops all-rounder rankings

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India's Ravichandran Ashwin achieved the number-one position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders after a stellar performance in the Kolkata Test, which India won by an innings and 51 runs.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin achieved the number-one position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders after a stellar performance in the Kolkata Test, which India won by an innings and 51 runs with more than two days to spare.

Ashwin scored 124, his second Test century, and recorded match figures of 40-11-98-5. For this performance, he not only improved his batting and bowling rankings but also leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan and Jacques Kallis into the number-one spot in the all-rounders' list.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, Ashwin moved up 18 places to 45th position, while in the rankings for Test bowlers, the 27-year-old off-spinner gained two places into sixth position.

India middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who made their debuts in the Kolkata Test, made impressive entries into the rankings.

Sharma, who become the 14th India batsman to score a century on debut when he struck 177, broke into the batting rankings in 63rd spot, while Shami's figures of nine for 118 – the most by an India fast bowler on debut – has helped him enter the bowler rankings in 53rd place.

West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford and India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the other bowlers to improve their rankings. Shillingford's figures of six for 167 put him inside the top 20 in 17th position for the first time in his career (up by four), while Kumar's two wickets helped him move into 87th place (up by 13).

The batting chart was still headed by AB de Villiers of South Africa, while his team-mate Dale Steyn continued to be the number-one ranked bowler.

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