Ravichandran Ashwin was honoured with Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy    AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin was honoured with Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin continued to have a memorable 2016 when he was named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 on Thursday. Ashwin, currently world s top-ranked bowler as well as all-rounder in ICC Test cricket rankings, was thus awarded with Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. It must be remembered that Ashwin is the only cricketer from India the world No. 1 side at the end of the year 2016 to feature in the ICC Test Team of the Year, which had to do with the fact that the performances since September 21, 2016, have not been considered for the award. The team announced on Thursday features England s Alastair Cook as the captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year 2016.

Ashwin was named ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 by a panel formed that included Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara and Gary Kirsten. The period of ratings was from September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016. During this period, Ashwin had scored 336 runs in 8 Tests at an average of 42, with 2 centuries and a fifty. This included 113 against West Indies at North Sound, Antigua during India s tour for 4 Tests that they won 2-0. His second century in this period came against the Caribbean side on the same tour, when he scored 118 at Gros Islet.

In this period, Ashwin also claimed 48 wickets in 8 Tests at 15.39. Ashwin registered as many as 6 five-wicket hauls in this span, with 2 seven-wicket hauls, one against each of South Africa and West Indies. His best bowling figures in this period was 7 for 66 against South Africa at Nagpur.