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Ravichandran Ashwin Wins International Cricketer of the Year Award

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has won the international cricketer of the Year Award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017. He was presented with an award at a function held at the Cricket Club of India by former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka of RPG Enterprises. Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.
Batsman Shubhman Gill has been awarded with the Young Player of the Year award for his stellar performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin is credited as the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, and 250-wicket mark in Test Cricket. In 2016, he earned the distinction of becoming the third Indian after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award. Ashwin has received various other awards like Arjuna Award in 2014, BCCI’s International Cricketer of the Year Award for 2012-2013 season, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award in 2016 etc.

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ICC Test Ranking: India Retains No.1 Spot

Indian cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC Test rankings with 123 points. Indian team is six points ahead of second placed South Africa.

Australia has been placed at the third place with 100 points followed by England at 4th (99 points), New Zealand at 5th (97 points), Pakistan at 6th (93 points), Sri Lanka at 7th (91 points), West Indies at 8th (75 points), Bangladesh at 9th (69 points) and Zimbabwe at 10th with zero points.

While Indian and South African teams have improved their performance, Australia, England and Pakistan have made downward movements.

In the recent matches, India registered series wins against West Indies last year and defeated New Zealand, England and Australia in home series. Out of the total 13 matches played in India, the Indian team have registered 10 wins, 2 loses and one draw.

Other Rankings

In the ICC ODI Championship Rankings, Indian team has been placed at third position after South Africa and Australia.

In the ICC Twenty20 Championship Rankings, India occupies fourth position after New Zealand, England and Pakistan.

In the ICC Women’s Championships Rankings, Indian Women’s team is at fourth position after Australia, England and NewZealand.

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Women’s Cricket: India’s Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut Sets new Record

The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, either male or female, to forge a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in men’s cricket was 286 scored by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in 2006, and the best partnership for the first wicket for women’s cricket was 268 scored by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa in 2008.

Also, Deepti Sharma’s 188 runs is now the second highest score in women’s one-day international only behind Australia’s Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997. She has also bettered the 138 runs scored by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan in 2005.

The stellar performance of Deepti and Poonam resulted in India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in the quadrangular series in Potchefstroom ,South Africa.

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