R Ashwin, a senior spinner stalwart of contemporary cricket has climbed up to rank 2 and Mayank Agarwal, the batting wizard who scored fabulously in Tests against NZ has also improvised his ranking.

Astonishing to state that he jumped jumbo 30 places to finish at 11th in ICC’s latest ranking. Apart from these two players new spin session who buzzed Anil Kumble and Jim Laker’s records, Ajaz Patel, the Perfect 10 scorer has also shoot up his positions in ICC’s ranking. Ajaz Patel is at 38th now after climbing around 23 slots.

Others to move up in the rankings after the Mumbai Test, which was a part of the ICC World Championships, are India opener Shubman Gill (up 21 places to 45th), fast bowler Mohammad Siraj (up four places to 41st) and New Zealand batter Daryl Mitchell (up 26 places to 78th).

Rohit Sharma didn’t bat in Mumbai’s game, Virat and he have retained the spots they were in that is 5 and 6th respectively.

The ICC ranking is based on the players rating that is very volatile with the performances of the players in the tour they play. Players get certain ratings in lines with their efforts and the gaming spirits and that ultimately decides the face of the list.

Ashwin has bridged the gap with top-ranked bowler Pat Cummins after finishing with four wickets in each innings in India’s 372-run victory.

R Ashwin has gained 43 rating points to reach a total of 883 and is 67 points ahead of third-placed Josh Hazlewood.

He has moved up one place to second among all-rounders even as his compatriot Ravindra Jadeja has slipped to fourth in the list led by West Indies’ Jason Holder. 

Holder has gained one spot to reach 14th among bowlers in Wednesday’s update, that also considers performances from the Galle Test that Sri Lanka won by 164 runs to complete a 2-0 series victory and remain atop the ICC World Test Championship points table.

Kraigg Brathwaite (up 10 places to 39th) and Nkrumah Bonner (up 17 places to 42nd) are the batters to move up for the West Indies but the one to gain the most after the Galle Test is Player of the Match Dhananjaya de Silva, who has advanced 12 places to 21st after his unbeaten 155 in the second innings.


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