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Top ranked-Ashwin, Jadeja cap Team India's Test dominance in 2016

December 31, 2016 16:38 IST

India end 2016 atop ICC Test Team rankings

R Ashwin

The Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja held on to the top two positions in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, while the national team ended the year as the No 1 Test side in the latest rankings issued on Saturday.

Ashwin also continued to lead the list of all-rounders, with Jadeja maintaining third spot as there were no changes among top five.

This is just the second time the top two spots in the bowlers' chart is occupied by India players, with the pair emulating left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi and leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, who were ranked one and two in 1974.

In the Test batsmen's ranking, India skipper Virat Kohli has ended the year at second position with Australia's Steve Smith heading the chart.

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali has moved up 10 places to reach a career-high sixth rank, riding on his scores of 205 not out and 43 in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Team India has ended the year as the No.1 ranked Test side with 120 ranking points, 15 points clear of second placed Australia (105 points).

IMAGE: India's R Ashwin and captain Virat Kohli celebrate the wicket of Matt Henry

Photograph: BCCI

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