Ravindra Jadeja becomes ICC’s No. 1 Test all-rounder
India’s Ravindra Jadeja climbed to the top of the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders after former No.1 Jason Holder slipped to second spot following West Indies’ series defeat against South Africa.
Jadeja (386 points) is two points ahead of the second-placed Jason Holder, who has 384 points. England’s Ben Stokes rounds off the top three with 377 points.
Jadeja’s performances with bat and ball has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years. An electric presence on the field, he is hard to keep out of the game and is capable of adding crucial runs down the order besides also breaking partnerships with his smart bowling.
The stylish left-hander was also the top-ranked Test bowler in 2017 and has been in fine form of late, playing a key role in India’s journey to the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He scored 500 runs in 10 matches at an average of 50 during India’s journey to the WTC final and made five fifties besides also taking 29 wickets.
Another Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin was ranked fourth among ICC’s top all-rounders with 353 points and he’s followed by Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan, who has 338 points.
Ashwin is India’s leading wicket-taker in the World Test Championship and had 69 wickets in 13 matches prior to the start of the final . He took four five-wicket hauls and has been influential with the bat too, scoring an unbeaten 39 in the famous Sydney Test at the start of the year. Ashwin also smashed a century against England at home a few months after the Australia tour.
Kyle Jamieson (276 points), Mitchell Starc (275 points), Pat Cummins (249 points), Colin de Grandhomme (243 points) and Chris Woakes (229 points) round off the top 10 Test all-rounders.
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