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‘Sword-fighter’ Ravindra Jadeja is world’s No. 1 all-rounder in Test cricket rankings

Ravindra Jadeja is already the No. 1 bowler in ICC Test rankings. Jadeja has now beaten Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan to become the world’s top all-rounder .

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 08, 2017 22:26 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja is now the No. 1 Test bowler and all-rounder in ICC cricket rankings.
Ravindra Jadeja is now the No. 1 Test bowler and all-rounder in ICC cricket rankings. (AFP )

Ravindra Jadeja, addressed by his captain Virat Kohli as a ‘sword-fighter’ has edged out Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top rank among all-rounders apart from maintaining pole position in the bowlers’ chart in the latest ICC Test cricket rankings.

Jadeja has 438 points among all-rounders while Shakib has 431.

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It has been a season to remember for the Indian all-rounder. In the five-Test series against England last year—which Virat Kohli’s men won 4-0 – Jadeja took 26 wickets and scored 224 runs at an average of 37.33. Kohli even pointed out Ravindra Jadeja’s rapid improvement as a lower order batsman who can contribute consistently and picked him as a perfect foil to Ravichandran Ashwin’s match-winning performances.

In the four Tests against Australia (earlier this year), Ravindra Jadeja was the leading wicket-taker – with 25 wickets – and also slammed two crucial fifties in Ranchi and Dharamsala.

In the ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka, Jadeja has taken 13 wickets (from two games), the most by a bowler from either side. He has also scored 85 runs with a half-century in the recently concluded Colombo Test, which India won by an innings and 53 runs.

In what has come as a bit of a dampener on India’s series win over Sri Lanka, Jadeja will miss the final Test of the series due to suspension. He paid the price for throwing the ball back at Malinda Pushpakumara --- in Sri Lanka’s second innings (of the second Test) --- who had not left his crease.

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The on-field umpires deemed the action dangerous as it narrowly missed the batsman. Ravindra Jadeja admitted the offence, which led to a 50% fine and a one-match ban.

Pujara, Rahane rise

Cheteshwar Pujara (888 points) gained a place to be third among batsmen, while Virat Kohli (813 points) maintained his fifth position.

Steve Smith and Joe Root are still No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the list of batsmen.

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The significant gainer is Ajinkya Rahane (776 points), who has climbed five places to sixth in the list. Opener KL Rahul is at number 11 with 737 points.

Incidentally, the match which put Jadeja on top of the heap is also the one where he breached the ICC Code of Conduct to be handed a one-Test suspension.

In the recently-concluded second Test, which India won by an innings and 53 runs, Ravindra Jadeja contributed an unbeaten 70 and also took seven wickets, including a five-for.

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Jadeja also gained nine places to take 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.

In the bowlers’ list, Ravichandran Ashwin (842 points) dropped a place to be third with Jimmy Anderson a notch below Ravindra Jadeja.

Pacers Mohammed Shami (20th) and Umesh Yadav (22nd) have also made notable gains.

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‘Deserving’ Moeen

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has finished the series against South Africa with a career-best rank of 21 among batsmen, 18th among bowlers and fourth in the table for all-rounders.

His rise in the rankings was due to consistent performances as he became the first player to score 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four-Test series. He was named the player of the series along with South Africa’s Morne Morkel.