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Ashwin tops allrounder rankings in Tests

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November 9, 2013

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R Ashwin progressed to 29 off 65 balls, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 4th day, December 16, 2012
R Ashwin's performances in Kolkata helped him pass Shakib Al Hasan and Jacques Kallis in the rankings © BCCI
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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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Posted by 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..!

Posted by 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

Posted by A.Ak on (November 11, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Good Luck Ashwin :) Great performance :)

Posted by   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! :)

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

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