A week after England’s most successful Test bowler, James Anderson, became the No.1 Test bowler aged 40, India’s ace-off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has displaced him to become the new No.1 ranked Test bowler in the world.
The ICC updated their weekly ranking charts on Wednesday, March 1, where Ashwin, who was earlier 2nd on the list, moved a place up to be the top-ranked Test bowler with 864 rating points, five more than Anderson, who now ranks second with 859 points.
Several fans were confused as to how Ashwin moved a place up in the rankings despite not playing a single match last week, but the ICC clarified that the 36-year-old’s six-wicket haul in the Delhi Test is the reason behind his promotion. Ashwin first topped the red-ball ranking charts in 2015 and has become No.1 on several occasions since then.
Besides Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, who has not featured for India in Tests since the rescheduled Test against England in 2022, also jumped a spot to rank 4th as England’s Ollie Robinson dropped two spots to rank 6th. Ashwin’s partner, Ravindra Jadeja, also moved a spot to sit on the 8th position in the rankings.