Dubai [UAE], Sept 27 : India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have climbed up one place each to reach second position among bowlers and batsmen, respectively, in the latest ICC Test player rankings.
Ashwin's match haul of 10-225, that helped notch a 197-run victory in the first Test in Kanpur on Monday, has seen him overtake England's James Anderson by one point. He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers with 878 points.
Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept 26 : India marked their historic 500th Test with a resounding 197-run win over New Zealand in the opening match and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Green Park Stadium here on Monday.
Chasing an improbable 434 for victory, New Zealand were bundled out for 236 in their second innings despite resolute half-centuries from Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) on the fifth day.
St. Lucia, Aug 11 : After Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha hit centuries in the post-lunch session, West Indies bundled out India for 353 in the first innings and were 16 for no loss at tea in the third Test match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket stadium here on Wednesday.
Surviving the nervous nineties for too long and after getting stuck at 99 for six overs, Ashwin crossed the 100-mark in style by lofting a Roston Chase ball to six at long off in the 117th over of the innings, taking the score to 323 for 5 wickets.
St. Lucia, Aug.10 : Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha smashed his maiden century while all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin supported him well as India posted a first innings' total of 353 runs on the Day Two of the third Test against West Indies here at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Resuming at yesterday's score of 234-5, Saha (104) and Ashwin (118) went on to share a huge 213-partnership for sixth wicket to propel their side to a big first innings' total.
Kingston, July 31 : India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged his 18th five-wicket haul of his career, has pointed out that a combination of bounce and speed variations played a key role in ripping apart West Indies batting line-up instead of spin on a damp Sabina Park pitch in the second Test.
India's ascendancy over the West Indies continued as they bundled out Jason Holder's team for 196 before making 126 for 1 in their first innings at stumps on day one on Saturday.
Kingston (Jamaica), July 31 - India spinner R Ashwin said he was surprised with West Indies' decision to bat first on a sticky wicket, even as he returned with a five-wicket haul on the opening day to dismiss the hosts for a paltry 196 in the second cricket Test here.
After Ashwin's 5-52, opener Lokesh Rahul cracked an unbeaten 75 to guide India to 126/1, within 70 runs of West Indies' first innings score.
Antigua, July 25 :Describing himself as an `all-rounder`, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has admitted that he is quite pleased with his overall contribution with both bat and ball that guided his side to an emphatic win by an innings and 92 runs against West Indies in the opening Test here at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium last evening.
Antigua, July 23 : Expressing that he was pleased with the opportunity to bat No. 6, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he received a big boost when he was asked to bat ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the opening Test match against West Indies in Antigua.
The 29-year-old Ashwin repaid the faith reposed in him by head coach Anil Kumble and captain Kohli, scoring 113, his third century of Test career.
Basseterre: India off-spinner R Ashwin feels head coach Anil Kumble is someone who understands bowling psyche and can provide the right impetus to the bowlers during match situations.
"Understanding a bowler's psyche is a challenge and it is difficult for a batter to understand that. Someone like him he understands how the situation is and conditions are, he might give you the right impetus that you need," Ashwin said.
"For example, if you are going well but wickets haven't fallen, he might be that one hand around your shoulder saying this is exactly what we want you to keep doing."
Mumbai, April 8 : Rising Pune Supergiants star off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin on Friday praised the Indian Premier League (IPL) and termed the country's domestic T20 tournament as a stepping stone between first class and international cricket.
Defending champions Mumbai start their ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign against new franchise Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium here.
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