Aussie skipper Steve Smith and Indian spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin close their 2015 calendar ranked top in the latest ICC Test rankings. Smith finishes the year as the best batsman while Ashwin signs off 2015 with the best Test bowler in the world. Ashwin also bagged the honor of finishing as the best all-rounder. Thats the second time in 3 years the Indian has achieved the feat.
Steve Smith was 4th in the rankings until his blistering not out dual innings of 134 and 70 lifted him above Kane Williamson, Joe Root and AB De Villiers. Ashwin took advantage of an injured Steyn, who has his injury problems persistent as ever. Smith recorded 1474 runs in 24 Test innings at an average of almost 74 in 2015, while Ashwin finishes as the leading wicket taker with 62 dismissals in 9 games! His flawless performances against South Africa at home proved crucial in his charge to the top! Ashwin picked up a whooping 31 wickets in the 4 match Test series, which also had one match almost totally wiped out due to rain.
This is the first time in more than 4 decades that an Indian bowler has finished the year top ranked in the Test rankings. Bishan Singh Bedi was the last Indian bowler to achieve the feat back in 1974. Ashwin expressed delight and price at replicating something a legend like Bedi had done in the past. He was also all praise for his captain Virat Kohli for instilling his trust in him and said that his support had been massively crucial behind his success.
Adam Voges has been relentless for Australia as of late, but falls just short of the top 10, at 11th position. While Usman Khawaja and South Africa’s Dean Elgar conclude their year at career best rankings of 39 and 28 respectively. England’s Stuart Broad who finished 2014 the top ranked bowler, sits at 3rd this time out, after having picked 56 wickets in 14 innings. His compatriot and all-rounder teammate Moeen Ali won man of the match against South Africa, he is ranked 23. Nathon Lyon has been instrumental for Australia, he is currently enjoying a career best rank of 14.