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Ravichandran Ashwin rises to second spot in ICC Test bowlers rankings, Ravindra Jadeja gains big

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India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday moved up to the second spot in the ICC rankings for men’s Test bowlers following his eight-wicket haul against Australia in the opening Test in Nagpur. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who made a successful comeback after nearly five months due to a knee injury, has moved up to 16th position. ,

The spin duo troubled Australia in the first Test, sharing 15 wickets between them as India won by an innings of 132 runs inside three days.

Ashwin ensured that India sealed a resounding victory before tea on the third day as the veteran off-spinner took 5/37 in the second innings and 3/42 in the first.

The 36-year-old is 21 rating points behind Australia skipper Pat Cummins and is battling to return to the No.1 ranking for the first time since 2017.

While Ashwin stepped up in the last session of the Test, Jadeja did the damage with 5/47 on the first day, which included the prized wickets of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.

Jadeja took 2/34 in the second Australian innings. Australia’s team was dismissed for just 91 runs.

Among other Indian bowlers, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who has been out of action since last September due to a stress fracture in his lower back, is at number five.

In the Test batting charts, India skipper Rohit Sharma has been rewarded for his match-defining ton in Nagpur. He has moved up two places to number eight.

Rohit came to the crease after Australia were all out for 177 in their first innings, then left the wicket perfectly balanced with an assured 120 which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who will be out of action indefinitely after his horrific car accident, is the other Indian batsman in the top-10. He is placed at the seventh position.

In contrast, Australian openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja have paid the price for getting out cheaply twice.

Warner has dropped six places to 20th after scores of 1 and 10, while Khawaja has dropped two places to 10th after scoring only 1 and 5 in the first Test.

Australian pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith occupy the top two spots with Pakistan captain Babar Azam in third place.

India all-rounder Akshar Patel has jumped six places to seventh in the Test all-rounder rankings after coming to the crease on 240 for 7. He patiently scored 84 for his highest score in the format.

The second Test between India and Australia will be played in New Delhi from Friday.

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