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Ashwin at the top of world

Star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has ended 2015 as the number one Test bowler in the ICC rankings issued today on the back of his strong showing against South Africa in the recent home series.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 31 December 2015, 03:46:21 PM
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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In November 2015, Ashwin was a star performer through Freedom Trophy Test series against South Africa in India. On course of the series, he became the fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets in Test cricket. In the third Test in Nagpur, he picked up 12 wickets for 98 runs to hand South Africa their first away series loss in nine years.
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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Ashwin, who took 62 wickets in nine Tests this year including 31 scalps in the four matches against South Africa, became the first India bowler since Bishen Bedi in 1973 to achieve the milestone of finishing the year on top.
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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Ashwin achieved the number-one spot for first time in his career after injury prevented South African Dale Steyn from bowling more than 3.5 overs in England’s second innings in the Durban Test.
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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Ashwin’s successful season was reflected in his ranking after he started the year in 15th position and slowly but surely moved to the top of the chart.
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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In a double whammy, the 29-year-old also ended the year as top-ranked Test all-rounder.
Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

Ashwin ends 2015 as number one Test bowler

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In the 2015 three-match series against Sri Lanka, he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara, who was retiring following the second Test, four consecutive times in his final four innings. At the end of the series, he finished with 21 wickets and in the process broke the record for most wickets by an Indian bowler in a series against Sri Lanka. He was awarded the Man of the Series.