ICC rankings November 9, 2013

Ashwin tops allrounder rankings in Tests

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R Ashwin's hundred and a match haul of five wickets in the first Test against West Indies has lifted him to the top of the ICC's rankings for Test allrounders, the first time he has reached No. 1. Ashwin took the top spot from Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is 43 points behind the Indian offspinner, while South Africa's Jacques Kallis is third.

Ashwin scored a career-best 124 during the Kolkata Test and was involved in a 280-run stand with Rohit Sharma, the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India in Tests. He followed up his two wickets in the first innings with a haul of 3 for 46 in 19 overs in the second to become only the Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in a Test twice.

His hundred pushed him 18 places up the rankings for Test batsmen to the 45th position. He also moved up to sixth place in the bowler rankings, the only Indian bowler in the top 10.

Ashwin has had a good run in Test cricket in 2013. In the four-Test series against Australia earlier this year, he finished as the leading wicket-taker with 29 wickets at an average of 20.10. He is sixth on the list of leading wicket-takers this year, with 34 wickets from five Tests at an average of 20.02.

In 17 Tests since his debut in November 2011, Ashwin has scored 741 runs at an average of 41.11 and taken 97 wickets at an average of 28.07.

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  • agarkarno1 on November 13, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    thats too good Ashwin...! Proud of you..! Its because of sheer determination, never say die attitude and perservernce..!

  • ladycricfan on November 11, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    If Ashwin gets 3 wickets in Mumbai ( his18 the match) he will be the fastest test bowler to get 100 wickets since 1925 and the fastest Indian bowler ever.

    Top Indian bowlers who got 100 wickets fastest so far:

    ................................matches............Year

    Prasanna.....................20.................1969

    Kumble.......................21.................1990

    Gupta..........................22.................1958

    Chandrasekar..............22.................1973

    Ojha............................22.................2013

    Mankad.......................23.................1952

    Kapil Dev....................25.................1980

    Harbajan......................25.................2002

  • A.Ak on November 11, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Well done.He is on target to get fastest 100 test wickets.

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Good Luck Ashwin :) Great performance :)

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin for becoming World's No.1 all-rounder! He is the First Indian to achieve this feat in test rankings and also the best ever cricketer from Tamil Nadu. A typical chennai boy still humble in character as a former schoolmate of him he made our school(St'Bedes) proud of his achievement. I hope he continue to be in top position for the rest of his career! Best Wishes! :)

  • ladycricfan on November 10, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    So far Ashwin performed better with the bat than Jadeja in tests. When both are playing Ashwin should bat higher than Jadeja. But Jadeja is a better odi batsman than Ashwin. Jadeja is the designated all rounder in both forms and Ashwin is considered as a bowler who can bat. Ashwin will prefer to stay that way. He wouldn't want any undue pressure put on his batting.

  • kunderan on November 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    It's not fair to compare Ashwin to any of the former great all rounders or current greats like Kallis. However, for those who moan that this is in Indian conditions that he bats and bowls well, even Murali did not have as much success in Australia as he had in SL. The fact remains that if he is consistent over the years and plays close to what he is doing at the moment, he will improve his bowling with experience and his batting will also improve once he knows he can do it!

    All the best to Ashwin!

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Thats ridcuolous numbers of Ashwin as an allrounder after 17 matches, 740 runs@42 and 97 wkts@28. Comparing with great allrounders, Sobers 1200@48 and 21@ 42, Botham 790@35 and 87@18, Kallis 740@29 and 22@29 and KapilDev 698@35 and 58@33. Clearly at 17 test matches Ashwin has to be one of the greats in the making.

  • Siddharth_zenox on November 10, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Some People can just not appreciate what they have with them! As per ICC rankings for TEST matches Ashwin as Allrounder => ranked @ 1 in the world. Obviosuly best Indian in the list Ashwin as Bowler => ranked @ 6 in the world. the best Indian bowler in the list Ashwin as Batsmen => ranked @ 45 in the world. yet the 7th best Indian in the world in which Sehwag is still in list of 6 before ashwin.

  • on November 9, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    His batting and bowling averages are excellent in test format, incredible! But his bowling has been on super turning Indian tracks and against teams that are weak against spin so that is why he has such a good bowling record.

  • agarkarno1 on November 13, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    thats too good Ashwin...! Proud of you..! Its because of sheer determination, never say die attitude and perservernce..!

  • ladycricfan on November 11, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    If Ashwin gets 3 wickets in Mumbai ( his18 the match) he will be the fastest test bowler to get 100 wickets since 1925 and the fastest Indian bowler ever.

    Top Indian bowlers who got 100 wickets fastest so far:

    ................................matches............Year

    Prasanna.....................20.................1969

    Kumble.......................21.................1990

    Gupta..........................22.................1958

    Chandrasekar..............22.................1973

    Ojha............................22.................2013

    Mankad.......................23.................1952

    Kapil Dev....................25.................1980

    Harbajan......................25.................2002

  • A.Ak on November 11, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Well done.He is on target to get fastest 100 test wickets.

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Good Luck Ashwin :) Great performance :)

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin for becoming World's No.1 all-rounder! He is the First Indian to achieve this feat in test rankings and also the best ever cricketer from Tamil Nadu. A typical chennai boy still humble in character as a former schoolmate of him he made our school(St'Bedes) proud of his achievement. I hope he continue to be in top position for the rest of his career! Best Wishes! :)

  • ladycricfan on November 10, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    So far Ashwin performed better with the bat than Jadeja in tests. When both are playing Ashwin should bat higher than Jadeja. But Jadeja is a better odi batsman than Ashwin. Jadeja is the designated all rounder in both forms and Ashwin is considered as a bowler who can bat. Ashwin will prefer to stay that way. He wouldn't want any undue pressure put on his batting.

  • kunderan on November 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    It's not fair to compare Ashwin to any of the former great all rounders or current greats like Kallis. However, for those who moan that this is in Indian conditions that he bats and bowls well, even Murali did not have as much success in Australia as he had in SL. The fact remains that if he is consistent over the years and plays close to what he is doing at the moment, he will improve his bowling with experience and his batting will also improve once he knows he can do it!

    All the best to Ashwin!

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Thats ridcuolous numbers of Ashwin as an allrounder after 17 matches, 740 runs@42 and 97 wkts@28. Comparing with great allrounders, Sobers 1200@48 and 21@ 42, Botham 790@35 and 87@18, Kallis 740@29 and 22@29 and KapilDev 698@35 and 58@33. Clearly at 17 test matches Ashwin has to be one of the greats in the making.

  • Siddharth_zenox on November 10, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Some People can just not appreciate what they have with them! As per ICC rankings for TEST matches Ashwin as Allrounder => ranked @ 1 in the world. Obviosuly best Indian in the list Ashwin as Bowler => ranked @ 6 in the world. the best Indian bowler in the list Ashwin as Batsmen => ranked @ 45 in the world. yet the 7th best Indian in the world in which Sehwag is still in list of 6 before ashwin.

  • on November 9, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    His batting and bowling averages are excellent in test format, incredible! But his bowling has been on super turning Indian tracks and against teams that are weak against spin so that is why he has such a good bowling record.

  • on November 9, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Great! Congrats to Ashwin. He is dependable batsman too now. And brilliant as a bowler as well. Will rate him ahead of Bhajji and any spinner of India as of today. Would love to see him bating at no.7, a apt position for an all rounder to prove his worth.

  • on November 9, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    The only spinning allrounder to excel abroad was Vinoo Mankad sixty years ago. I hope Ashwin emulates him over time.

  • BustIPL on November 9, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    While tendulkar as per his reputation did not come good at the time of need falling pray to pakistani brand the doosra, ashwin proved that he is the real wall after dravid surpassing kohli. He is really an allrounder and gives way to another regular spinner in the side for sure.

  • stormy16 on November 9, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    This is a great performance by a guy who is just getting started! To have these numbers after 17 tests is unbelievable and is without doubt a genuine alrounder. I don't buy the theory he needs to perform outside India to be a genuine alrounder. He is a spinner so chances are conditions will not be helpful in Australia for example. This doesn't mean he is suddenly not a genuine alrounder. Lets take Kallis, the best of the best. If he was bowling in Indian conditions day in day out I doubt he would have the same number of wickets he has. At the end of the day Kallis and Ashwin can only do what they do in the conditions that are available and if the numbers stack up, there should be no arguments.

  • SamRoy on November 9, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Well rankings don't matter to me. For me in test cricket, he is easily India's best all-rounder since Kapil Dev and the best cricketer in the current Indian Test Team provided he isn't experimenting too much with his bowling (which he has a habit of doing when he isn't picking up wickets - a sign of impatience).

  • on November 9, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Excellent work by ashwin. He should be the next test captain for india. His batting style resembles v v s laxman. Outside subcontinent ashwin need not worry because none of the spinners have succeeded before so there is no expectations for him. we should expect fast bowlers to take wickets abroad and spinners to just support them.

  • on November 9, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Well, Ashwin did fine job by hitting very important runs which turned the match in India's favour, but he should not get affected by all these news and start thinking that he has become an all rounder. He should just keep working more on his bowling. He is India's best spinner at the moment and he should keep focus on that. And we fans must not give additional burden to Ashwin by tagging him as an all rounder. We all know what happened with Irfan Pathan.

  • CodandChips on November 9, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Well done Ashwin. It will be interesting to see if he can become a genuine all rounder. As I've said before, he was one of India's best batsmen in the tests vs England. Yes he has yet to be tested abroad with bat or ball, but you can't argue with stats. If Jadeja can improve his test game as well, India could be in the unbelievable position of having 2 genuine all rounders.

    With Kallis becoming a reluctant bowler and struggling currently with the bat, there is currently no genuine test all rounder in world cricket. Shane Watson is a tight, economical bowler but doesn't take wickets and is hardly an established test batsmen (but played wonderfully in the last ashes test.)

    Maybe next year we will see genuine all rounders coming through. India potentially have Ashwin and Jadeja. Australia potentially have Steve Smith,but his bowling is unreliable. Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes could potentially do it for England, but they have played one test between them.

  • rahulStillHeaded on November 9, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Kudos to Ashwin !! Guys let's respect what he has achieved. How many Indians have become number 1 Test all rounder ?? Anyone who watched the game knows he played even more assuredly than Rohit Sharma. This is not the first time he has played so well. And he plays all formats which is so demanding.

    We have a habit of belittling our own players. Let's appreciate the great work.

  • on November 9, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    well done ashwin! there are still people out there who are egoistic enough to call him just a bowler but I feel that this guy is destined for very big things in test cricket..my only worry is that he shouldn't become the next Irfan pathan because I still remember vividly how chappell destroyed irfan s career by making him open the batting...however I believe that he is under the safe hands of dhoni and will mature into a great all rounder... let me thank dhoni for nurturing ashwin right from 2009 and I hope we will finally have a dependable no.8 in our line up who will also provide the breakthroughs! go ash!

  • cric_crazy123 on November 9, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Well, Ashwin did a fantastic job in 1st test but its too early to call him an allrounder. Ashwin dont have experience of bowling outside subcontinent (played only 3 test in australia). Real test is ahead, India have 15 test outside subcontinent this year and next year. Ashwin will be tested there. I would love to see him succeed.

  • kingkarthik on November 9, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Either we can all get together and find fault with Ashwin or do the right thing of applauding his effort. He has been facing such unprecedented venom and has faced calls to be dropped. If he is dropped, who will replace him? Ohja has not exactly set the world on fire. He was a failure in the aussie series. Is it Mishra? He does not get wickets. He buys wickets by giving so many runs away and hoping the batsmen make mistakes. So is it Rahul Sharma? He has been on the downhil for a while. Maybe Bhajji? He is past his prime and a very negative influence on the team. The fact of the matter the is that at the moment the only two decent spinners India has are Ashwin and Jadeja. Well done Ashwin and irrespective of anything, it is a great effort to reach No.1 in anything.

  • ssenthil on November 9, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Congrats to Ashwin. I hope he can break the top 5 in the bowling as well after Mumbai match. I wouldn't rate Ashwin as a batting all rounder yet. He is more of a bowling all rounder and if he focus on his batting a bit more then he can be considered as a true all rounder. I think to be called as a TRUE All rounder you should have a bowling average below 30 and a batting average above 45 or 15 runs difference between batting and bowling averages regardless of the conditions. Can he achieve that one? I wonder India anytime had a No.1. All rounder in Tests? Had a No.1 bowler anytime in Tests? I know Indian batsman topped No.1 status in batting but other 2? Strictly talking about Tests!

  • rajuramki on November 9, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Even the great Muralidharan was not effective in Australia . It does not mean that he is no good as a bowler . Out of 17 , if Ashwin has played only 3 tests abroad , it is not his fault . When he experiences overseas conditions which may not assist spin, he has enough intelligence to modify his technique to succeed in such conditions . It is time that the critics learn to appreciate a good performance . Further ,Ashwin plays for India in all formats and it does take a bit of time to change modes . Neverthless, Ashwin's performances so far have been crditworthy and we can safely call him a test alrounder now .The whole of India has been longing for a good allrounder after Kapil and now Ashwin fits the bill perfectly .

  • on November 9, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Ashwin is surely on his way to becoming the next test captain for India. For those saying his runs have been India, they need to see that he was among India's most consistent batsmen in the last Australia tour. Plus tell me how many centuries has Lara scored in India?? None. How many has Ricky Ponting scored? One. That shows that it is not easy to score centuries in India too. While the 90s was all about revival of spin and reverse swing and the 2000s of about batting. The latest trend seems to be of spinning all rounders. It all started with Dan Vettori.Then Shakib came, and now Ashwin.

  • DhairyBoghani on November 9, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Some early to tell but if Jadeja & Aswin both can be good allrounders it will solve problem of electing team. 5 batsman-Dhavan Vijay Poojara Kohli Sharma 1WK-Dhoni 2Allrounders-Jadeja & Aswin 1part time batsman-Kumar & 2 Bowlers- Shami & other(accourding to condition).Can tell this team 'Unbeatable'.

  • CrICkeeet on November 9, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @Kailashchandra Das, Ashwin's tactic is like LAXMAN???? :O i'v seen many fans of any player 2 praise their heroes, bt u broke all the records i guess... :p

  • ramli on November 9, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    The imbalance in home-overseas ratio is not his fault ... you can wait till he completes a decent number of matches overseas ... yet, as of now, he is top class ... cheers

  • Rajeshj on November 9, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @AsifRana: As if Kohli, Kumble, Bhaji etc. were all effective there right from day one.. Give credit to some achievements at least... Ashwin is a proper spinner and batsman.. its been a long time India had one such genuine bowler/batsman apart from Kapil..

  • nayonika on November 9, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Ashwin will complete 100 wickets in the Mumbai test and 1000 runs in SA. He is a genuine all-rounder more so in the test arena since he cannot slog much. The two reverse sweeps he played im Kolkata were quite ungainly and very un-Ashwin. Please play normally as you always play, Ashwin. Good luck.

  • on November 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Ashwin is the next V.V.S of Indian batting, his technique resembles to him too.

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Great achievement... Ashwin has proved his value... Now he has to focus his efforts to conquer overseas pitches...

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Even in the test series against Australia in Australia, Ashwin played consistently, better than many other batsmen.

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Well done Ashwin. If the ball doesn't turn in SA, he should bowl some Yorkers to get batsman out. Other than Shami, he was the only Indian bowler who executed Yorkers successfully in the odi series v Aus.

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Ashwin is a better btsman . he is like V V S Laxaman batting with easy techine i think he will bat high in order he pick the bowler so earlyand play his shot.

  • RockcityGuy on November 9, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Respect...!!! Chronically undervalued and criticized yet very very effective...next test captain...???

  • CricketFever11 on November 9, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Ashwin is nothing in Australia and England..............

  • 71-50ODIs12-9Tests on November 9, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    14 of those 17 tests are in INDIA...Massive Respect :P

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  • 71-50ODIs12-9Tests on November 9, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    14 of those 17 tests are in INDIA...Massive Respect :P

  • CricketFever11 on November 9, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Ashwin is nothing in Australia and England..............

  • RockcityGuy on November 9, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Respect...!!! Chronically undervalued and criticized yet very very effective...next test captain...???

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Ashwin is a better btsman . he is like V V S Laxaman batting with easy techine i think he will bat high in order he pick the bowler so earlyand play his shot.

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Well done Ashwin. If the ball doesn't turn in SA, he should bowl some Yorkers to get batsman out. Other than Shami, he was the only Indian bowler who executed Yorkers successfully in the odi series v Aus.

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Even in the test series against Australia in Australia, Ashwin played consistently, better than many other batsmen.

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Great achievement... Ashwin has proved his value... Now he has to focus his efforts to conquer overseas pitches...

  • on November 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Ashwin is the next V.V.S of Indian batting, his technique resembles to him too.

  • nayonika on November 9, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Ashwin will complete 100 wickets in the Mumbai test and 1000 runs in SA. He is a genuine all-rounder more so in the test arena since he cannot slog much. The two reverse sweeps he played im Kolkata were quite ungainly and very un-Ashwin. Please play normally as you always play, Ashwin. Good luck.

  • Rajeshj on November 9, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @AsifRana: As if Kohli, Kumble, Bhaji etc. were all effective there right from day one.. Give credit to some achievements at least... Ashwin is a proper spinner and batsman.. its been a long time India had one such genuine bowler/batsman apart from Kapil..