Finishing 2015 as No. 1 bowler is like icing on the cake: R Ashwin

ICC Test Rankings, Finishing the year as the number-one bowler is like an icing on the cake - R AshwinRavichandran Ashwin of India has finished 2015 as the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on 31 decemeber following the conclusion of the Boxing Day Tests in Durban and Melbourne.

Ashwin has achieved the number-one spot for first time in his career.

Ashwin has finished 2015 as the most successful bowler with 62 wickets in nine Tests, and this is reflected in his ranking after he started the year in 15th position and slowly but surely moved to the top of the chart.


In the past decade, Shane Warne has finished in the top position in 2005 and Muttiah Muralidaran completed a hat-trick from 2006 to 2008, before Steyn got his grip on the top spot which was only broken in 2013 when his team-mate Vernon Philander topped the table.

Reacting to the news, Ashwin said: “Finishing the year as the number-one ranked Test bowler is like an icing on the cake that I have managed to build over the past last 12 months. I always wanted to get there one day. “There can’t be a better way to finish the 2015.

“I would like to thank my Test captain Virat Kohli, who has been a big influence, and, of course, the team management, my team-mates and the BCCI for their continued support.”