India's Ravinchandran Ashwin is joined by Ravindra Jadeja at no.5 © Getty Images
India’s Ravinchandran Ashwin has continued to dominate  ICC’s all-rounders rankings © Getty Images

Dubai:  India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold on to the top spot in the ICC all-rounder rankings while Ravindra Jadeja stayed fifth in the chart. Ashwin, who manages a Test batting average of 31.68 with a highest score of 124, is well above Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in the chart. Premier off-spinner Ashwin, who stood out with 31 wickets in four matches in India’s 3-0 triumph over South Africa in the home series, has also held on to his second spot in the bowling list led by Proteas pace spearhead Dale Steyn. Left-arm spinner Jadeja, who picked 23 wickets in four Tests against South Africa, is the only other Indian bowler in the top-10 list.  ALSO READ: ICC launches ranking system for Women’s cricket teams

The batting list though is sans any Indian in the top-10 with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson rising two places to topple England’s Joe Root from the top spot. Williamson has become the second New Zealand batsman after Glenn Turner to top rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a man of the match performance in the Hamilton Test against Sri Lanka, which helped the home side win the match by five wickets and the series 2-0.

Earlier, India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has climbed three places to return to the top five in the latest ICC’s rankings for Test bowlers. The 29-year-old bowler’s ascendancy in the rankings was helped by his stellar performance against South Africa in the opening Test in Mohali, where he claimed eight wickets overall. India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has rocketed 10 places to a career-high 21st position following match figures of eight for 76 that also earned him the player of the Mohali Test award. Meanwhile, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn continues as the number-one ranked bowler in the Test rankings. India continue to be the second-best Test side behind South Africa.