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ICC Test rankings: Ashwin moves up to joint fourth, Iyer attains career-best 16th spot

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Dubai, Dec 28 (IANS) After helping India win the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur recently, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin moved up one slot to become joint-fourth ranked bowler while Shreyas Iyer attained his career-best 16th spot in the latest ICC Mens Test Player Rankings, released on Wednesday.

Ashwin is joint-fourth among bowlers along with Jasprit Bumrah after finishing with six wickets in the second match. He has also inched up three places to 84th among batters following a crucial knock of 42 not out in the second innings that enabled a three-wicket victory and won India crucial World Test Championship (WTC) points.

The veteran spinner, who has been the No. 1 bowler and all-rounder in the past, has also earned seven rating points in the all-rounders' rankings, which are led by his compatriot Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja is currently on 369 rating points while Ashwin is on 343.

On the other hand, Iyer, who partnered in an unbroken 71-run partnership with Ashwin that steered the team to victory, has attained a career-best 16th position. Iyer's scores of 87 and 29 not out have helped him progress from 26th position, his previous best in the rankings.

Rishabh Pant remains the top-ranked Indian batter in sixth position after gaining three rating points courtesy his score of 93 in the first innings while fast bowler Umesh Yadav has gained five places to reach 33rd position after finishing with five wickets in the match.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh batter Litton Das has attained a career-best 12th position after scores of 25 and 73 while Mominul Haque (up five places to 68th), Zakir Hasan (up seven places to joint-70th) and Nurul Hasan (up five places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Spinners Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz have gained two spots each to reach 28th and 29th positions, respectively, while captain Shakib Al Hasan has gained one spot and is 32nd.

Taijul had a four-wicket haul in the first innings while Mehidy and Shakib finished with six wickets each in the match.

--IANS

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