Ashwin, Kohli achieve career-best rankings
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke into the top 20 for the first time in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers released yesterday
Virat Kohli, who scored 103 and 51 not out in the recently concluded Bangalore Test against New Zealand, vaulted 12 places to achieve a career-best ranking of 35 in the Test batsmen rankings.
Ashwin, who took 5-69 in New Zealand’s second innings on Monday, jumped seven places to a career-best 18th position.
The Chennai bowler finished the series with 18 wickets and gained 26 places on the bowlers’ table through the course of the series, as India whitewashed the Kiwis 2-0 in the two-match series where Ashwin was named Player of the Series.
Pragyan Ojha, who ended with a match haul of 7-148, moved up a place to career-best 14th. Pace bowlers Zaheer Khan (15th) and Umesh Yadav (48th) slipped a place each.
The other Indian batsman to make upward movement is Mahendra Singh Dhoni who moved up two places to 36th.