Ravindra Jadeja edges R Ashwin as top-ranked ICC Test bowler, Cheteshwar Pujara climbs to second as batsman

Ravindra Jadeja attains top spot in the ICC Test bowling ranks while Cheteshwar Pujara climbs to second spot.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 21, 2017 10:34 pm
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India’s spin-bowling mainstay Ravindra Jadeja has attained the top spot in the list of the Test bowlers after the left-handed spinner bagged a total of nine wickets in the recently concluded match between India and Australia in Ranchi.

Jadeja scalped a fifer in the first innings while picking up four Australian wickets out of the six in the second innings during the third match of the four Test series. The match though ended in a draw with the series squared at 1-1 but Jadeja’s performance was noted by everyone. India will now lock horns with Australia in the fourth clash which would be a decider in Dharamsala.

Earlier, R Ashwin and Jadeja were sharing the top spot in the list but Jadeja’s significant bowling dismantled Ashwin’s place in the ICC rankings. He has gained seven points after starting joint-first with Ashwin at 892 points. Jadeja has also closed in on a major landmark as his tally of 899 rating points puts him on the brink of becoming only the second India bowler after Ashwin to touch the 900-point mark. Ashwin, who had a highest rating of 904 points, has slipped 37 points behind Jadeja to 862 points after finishing with two wickets in Ranchi.

Pujara knocks off Kohli as top-ranked Indian

While Jadeja is now crowned the number one Test bowler by the ICC, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara also got some reasons to celebrate his knock of 202 runs in Ranchi when the Saurashtra batsman climbed to career best second spot in the batting ranks and is now behind Australian captain Steve Smith. Pujara dispersed Virat Kohli’s position in the ICC Test rankings. Kohli previously was the batsman with the highest rank among the Indian team. He has replaced New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is now in fifth place, also slipping behind Joe Root and Virat Kohli.

Kohli has seen a slump in form in the first three Tests with just 46 runs coming from his bat in the five innings at an average fo 9.20.

ICC Rankings – Top 10 batsmen
Steve Smith- 941 points
Cheteshwar Pujara- 861 points
Joe Root – 848 points
Virat Kohli- 826 points
Kane Williamson- 823 points
Azhar Ali- 779 points
Younus Khan- 772 points
David Warner- 768 points
Hashim Amla- 759 points
Quinton de Kock- 758 points

ICC Rankings – Top 10 bowlers
Ravindra Jadeja – 899 points
R Ashwin – 862 points
Rangana Herath – 854 points
Josh Hazlewood – 842 points
James Anderson – 810 points
Stuart Broad – 803 points
Dale Steyn – 803 points
Kagiso Rabada – 802 points
Vernon Philander – 767 points
Neil Wagner – 762 points

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First Published on: March 21, 2017 12:50 pm
  1. P
    Mar 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    Our players get pumped too quick. Before the Australian series, all the dailies were coloring Ashwin as the best bowler ever born in India. He can bowl out any and every player in the world. I think he was un utter failure in the entire series. He needs some badly needed rest so as to hone his skills and learn the basics of bowling. One thing more, our players prefer to talk themselves rather than their bowl or bat. Just the day before, Umesh Yadav declared Kohli is fit to bat! Since when, Umesh became the spokesman for Kohli or the Team? Rahane who is himself unfit in the Team, issues statements like he is President of BCCI!
    1. A
      Mar 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm
      I admire Jadeja for his Cricket abilities. He is not only a good bowler but an all rounder in the game. His fielding and batting are top cl too. He deserves to be promoted replacing hateful, ill mannered Kohli.

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