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R Ashwin And Virat Kohli Maintains Rankings Ahead Of The Aussie Challenge
By CricShots - Nov 28, 2018 6:23 pm
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India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a place of a position to reach the seventh position in the latest ICC bowlers’ rankings. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has maintained his number one position in the batsmen rankings ahead of the four-Test series against Australia beginning December 6.

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R Ashwin

Amongst other teams, Jonny Bairstow of England, Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque and Yasir Shah of Pakistan have made impressive rises following their contributions in their team’s convincing wins earlier this week. Bairstow’s 110 and 15 was the cornerstone of England’s 42-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, which gave the visitors a 3-0 series win.

Mominul played knocks of 120 and 12 as Bangladesh defeated the Windies by 64 runs in Chittagong for their maiden win over the Caribbean team, and Yasir recorded match figures of 14 for 184 as Pakistan bounced back in Dubai to level the series with New Zealand following an innings-and-16-run victory.

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These performances not only earned the three players the match awards but also reflected in the latest player rankings, which were released Wednesday morning. Bairstow has returned to the top-20 in 16th place after taking a pump of six places, while Mominul is now just outside the top-20 in 24th place after moving up 11 positions and Yasir is back in the top-10 in 10th position after jumping nine places.

A number of other players have improved their rankings, following impressive performances in the just-concluded Tests.

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Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli

In the batting table, which Kohli is leading for the last 3-4 months, Azhar Ali has moved up three places to 12th, Kusal Mendis is 20th (up by eight places), Ben Stokes is 31st (up by five places), Roshen Silva is 48th (up by five places) and Shane Dowrich is 58th (up by seven places).

In the bowlers’ table, Kagiso Rabada has become the number-one bowler after England’s James Anderson lost one percentage points for missing the Colombo Test. This meant Anderson lost nine points and has now dropped eight points behind the South Africa fast bowler.