India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has overtaken his teammate Ravi Ashwin to become the best bowler in the ICC rankings, after taking nine wickets in the recently completed third Test of the Bordar Gavaskar series. The left arm spinner has now 899 points to his tally and is on the verge of becoming the second India spinner to touch 900 points. Also, Jadeja has become the third India spin bowler to have secured the top spot in the ICC rankings for bowlers, the other two being Ravi Ashwin and Bishan Singh Bedi.
Previously, Ashwin and Jadeja were jointly placed at the summit position with 892 points, following India’s dramatic 75 run victory in Bengaluru in the second Test to level the series. Ashwin could only manage two wickets in the Test has now dropped to the second position with 862 points.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon 525-ball 202 has earned him second spot in the rankings, replacing New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Steven Smith continues his reign at the top with 942 points, while Virat Kohli is situated at fourth with 826 points.
India is confirmed to receive a cash award of $1 million, as they will hold on to their top position in the ICC Test rankings at the April 1 deadline, but the competition between South Africa and Australia to grab the second spot is wide open. The team finishing second will also receive a hefty check of $500,000.
ICC’s top five
1. Steven Smith (942 points)
2. Cheteshwar Pujara (861 points)
3. Joe Root (848 points)
4. Virat Kohli (826 points)
5. Kane Williamson (823 points)
1. Ravindra Jadeja (899 points)
2. R Ashwin (862 points)
3. Rangana Herath (854 points)
4. Josh Hazlewood (842 points)
5. James Anderson (810 points)