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CURRENT AFFAIRS - SPORTS Ashwin regains number one spot in Test rankings | 12-Oct-2016 19:41

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today reclaimed the number one spot in Test rankings for bowlers following a career-best match haul of 13 for 140 in the third Test against New Zealand in Indore.

Ashwin, who was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India, now has 220 wickets, the most by any bowler after 39 Tests.

Ranked third before the final Test in Indore, Ashwin, who also holds the top position in rankings for all-rounders, has leapfrogged pace bowlers James Anderson and Dale Steyn to
attain a career-best rating of 900 points.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has attained a career-best sixth rank with scores of 188 and 23 not out.

Prolific scorer in the New Zealand series, Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli also moved up the rankings.

For New Zealand, opener Martin Guptill has moved up 10 places to 58th with knocks of 72 and 29 while Jimmy Neesham has moved up 12 slots to 70th position.

In the all-rounders' list, India's Ravindra Jadeja has reached a career-best joint-third rank.

Meanwhile, Pakistan team does not have a chance to reclaim the number-one ranking from India even with a 3-0 win
against the West Indies.

Shooter Jitu Rai bags silver at World Cup in Italy | 09-Oct-2016 21:03

Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a silver medal in the 50 metre pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final at Bologna, Italy yesterday. Jitu shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China's Wei Pang at 190.6. Italy's Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze. In the process Jitu Rai also equalled the national record score in the event.

Jitu, who was counted as India's best shooting medal hope in Rio but had failed to deliver, had earlier won a Silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in the 10m Air Pistol event.

In a tweet, India's first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra congratulated Jitu Rai on the achievement.



Indian shuttlers claim two titles at Russian Open | 09-Oct-2016 21:02

Indian shuttlers signed off an impressive campaign at the Russian Open Grand Prix notching up the women's singles as well as the mixed doubles titles at Vladivostok today.

Fourth seed Ruthvika Shivani Gadde emerged triumphant in the women's singles event, beating local favourite Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21-10, 21-13.

In the mixed doubles final, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Chopra edged past the Russian duo of Vladimir Ivanov and Valeria Sorokina 21-17 21-19 to claim the top honours.

India's Siril Verma lost 21-16, 19-21, 10-21 to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the men's singles final.