August 12, 2014: India’s Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the number one Test all-rounder in ICC rankings following his fine show with the bat in the fourth cricket Test against England in Manchester. Ashwin scored 40 and 46 not out at the Old Trafford though India lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs. As a bowler, Ashwin went wicketless in his 14 overs in England’s first innings. The Indian off-spinner, who now has 372 rating points, displaced South Africa’s Vernon Philander (365) at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan was at third spot while Englishman Stuart Broad has moved ahead of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson in fourth position.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number one Test batsman spot following his 10th double century in Galle against Pakistan while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli slipped down the ladder. Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that helped him dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal. The South African had snatched the number one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top.