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Ashwin returns to top ten for Test bowlers after stellar comeback
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Ashwin returns to top ten for Test bowlers after stellar comeback

Ravichandran Ashwin has climbed back into the top ten for Test bowlers in the updated ICC rankings following his eight wickets across two innings of the series opener at Vizag.

The senior Indian off-spinner has sneaked into the 10th position, witnessing a rise of four spots from his previous 14th slot in the rankings.

Ashwin, playing his first international game since December, was not included in India's playing XI in the two Tests in the Caribbean earlier in the summer with teammate Ravindra Jadeja being chosen as the side's solitary spin option.

The 33-year-old thus had a point to prove and registered seven wickets for 145 runs in the first innings before picking up the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn in the morning session of the final day of India's victory charge.

De Bruyn's scalp helped Ashwin become the joint-fastest to 350 Test wickets alongside Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma made giant strides in the rankings by vaulting to the 17th place from 53 after twin centuries in his maiden outing as India's Test opener.

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His fellow batting partner Mayank Agarwal rose 38 spots to occupy the 25th position following a career-best 215.

Mohammed Shami, the chief destroyer of South Africa's batting line-up in their second innings, advanced to the 16th place.

The visitors' Quinton de Kock made his way back into the top ten for Test batsmen with his counter-attacking ton as he is now slotted eighth.

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