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Ravindra Jadeja thanks Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni for becoming No. 1 all-rounder

Ravindra Jadeja has played his role as an all-rounder to perfection under the captaincy of both Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. He is now the top bowler and all-rounder in the latest ICC Test rankings

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 09, 2017 11:21 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja, left, holds the Man of the Match trophy as he listens to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli after their win over Sri Lanka in their second Test in Colombo on August 6. India won the match by an innings and 53 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja, left, holds the Man of the Match trophy as he listens to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli after their win over Sri Lanka in their second Test in Colombo on August 6. India won the match by an innings and 53 runs. (AP)

Ravindra Jadeja expressed his gratitude towards his former captain MS Dhoni and the incumbent Virat Kohli after the star Indian all-rounder was hailed as the world’s top-ranked bowler and all-rounder by the ICC in its latest Test rankings released recently.

Ravindra Jadeja, who played a match-winning role for India in the second Test against Sri Lanka that sealed the series in his team’s favour, will unfortunately miss the final contest of the series.

He was handed a one-match suspension and a fine of 50 per cent imposed by the ICC for accumulating six demerit points over last 24 months.

The 28-year-old Saurashtra cricketer has headed back home after being suspended from the Pallekele Test, and has been replaced by left-arm-spinner Axar Patel.

Meanwhile, Jadeja took Twitter to thank MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, as well as the Indian cricket board and his family.

“My humble journey 2 be #1 Test AllRounder & bowler was possible due 2 @msdhoni @imVkohli, my fans & family #bcci #icc #teamindia #rajputboy,” (sic) wrote Jadeja.

While Jadeja got his first opportunities to play Test cricket in the MS Dhoni era, it was under Kohli that he has flourished over the last two years.

Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha run between wickets in the second Test in Colombo. Jadeja’s contribution with the bat has been noteworthy too. (REUTERS)

RAVINDRA JADEJA ON A ROLL

Ravindra Jadeja’s first strong impression on Test cricket was in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2012-13, a series in which he finished second behind Ravichandran Ashwin with 24 wickets in four Tests.

Jadeja made Michael Clarke his bunny, dismissing the Australian captain five times in the three Tests that he played in.

Against South Africa, Jadeja finished with 23 scalps in four Tests in the Freedom Series of 2015, which earmarked the beginning of his domination at home which also played a big role in India’s rise to the top spot in Test rankings.

Jadeja took 14 wickets in three Tests versus New Zealand, 26 wickets against England in five Tests, topping the charts with 25 wickets against Australia in four Tests and 6 wickets in the one-off Test against Bangladesh at Hyderabad.