Riding on his buoyant performance in the ongoing home series against South Africa, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, recently rose to a career-best second position in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) test rankings for bowlers. India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin jumped three places to his career-best second spot among Test bowlers after he took 12 wickets in India's 124-run win over South Africa in Nagpur, while his team-mates Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja also gained places in the recently released list by the ICC.
Ashwin claimed 12 for 98 in the third Test in Nagpur to spin his side to a 124-run victory and India could move as high as second place in the ICC Test Championship if they win the fourth Test, which is presently undergoing in New Delhi. Praising Ashwin's performance, Indian captain Virat Kohli said, "He is a world class spinner, probably the best in the world right now".
According to an ICC release, England pacer James Anderson and Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah dropped to the joint-third position, while England's Stuart Broad fell to the fifth position. Indian left-arm spinner Jadeja moved up a place to be at the 11th position.
Ashwin has taken 55 wickets since the start of 2015, more than anyone else, currently playing the Test cricket, and has been nearly un-playable on the rank turners that have presently bewildered the South African batsmen. Interestingly, Ashwin is also the fastest Indian Test bowler to reach the 50-, 100- and 150-wicket mark in the International Test cricket.