The spin duo of India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja jointly claiming the top spot in the ICC Test Rankings for Test Bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja who was at no. second before the Bangalore Test has climbed one place to join his bowling partner Ravichandran Ashwin at No. 1 ICC rankings.
Jadeja’s seven wickets, including a first-innings six-for, in the second Test against Australia in Bengaluru helped him occupy the top rank and assured India the No.1 spot in the ICC Test Team rankings for the annual April 1 cut-off. He shares the top spot with Ashwin, whose eight-wicket haul took him past Bishan Bedi as the fifth-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests with 269 scalps.
The top spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as an all rounder in test format and scored plenty of runs in the season was at no. 1 on the list of ICC Test All-Rounders. But, his poor returns with the bat – 20 in the last four innings – meant he has dropped behind Shakib Al Hasan on the list of Test allrounders.
The last time two bowlers shared the No.1 rank was in April 2008, when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralitharan were at 897 points. Jadeja and Ashwin are currently at 892 points each, and lead Australia’s Josh Hazlewood at No. 3 by 29 points. Josh Hazlewood, who shared no. 2 spot with Ravindra Jadeja before the second test in Bengaluru, now moved down to no. 3 in rankings as Jadeja shares the no. 1 spot with Ashwin.
In the rankings for Test batsmen, Virat Kohli lost his second spot to Joe Root after managing only 40 in his last two Tests. As Kohli failed in all four innings in the series, he moved down to third. If he comes back with big knocks in upcoming two test matches against Austrlia, he could re-gain his second spot. However, Australian skipper Steven Smith maintained his reign at the top for the 77th Test, edging past Ricky Ponting’s 76 matches as the third longest stint at the top among Australians after Steve Waugh (94) and Don Bradman (93).
LIST OF TOP 5 BOWLERS IN ICC TEST RANKINGS :
- Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – 892 Points (First)
- Ravindra Jadeja (India) – 892 Points (First)
- Josh Hazlewood (Australia) – 863 Points (Third)
- Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) – 827 Points (Fourth)
- Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) – 821 Points (Fifth)
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