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Jadeja pips Ashwin to grab ICC Test top spot, Pujara ranked 2nd in batting

Jadeja whizzed past Ashwin after snaring nine wickets in the drawn third Test against Australia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

India's pipped spin twin to grab the pole position in the latest ranking for Test bowlers while reached a career-high second rank among batsmen.

Left-arm spinner whizzed past after snaring nine wickets in the drawn third Test against Australia, which put the four-match series interestingly poised at 1-1.


Jadeja, who grabbed five for 124 and four for 52 in Ranchi, has gained seven points after starting joint-first with at 892 points. The left-arm spinner has become only the third Indian player after and Bishan Singh Bedi to top the bowling charts on his own.

too has reason to celebrate as his knock of 202 has helped him gain four slots to reach a career-best second ranking with 861 points.

The Saurashtra batsman has replaced captain Kane Williamson, who is now in fifth place, also slipping behind and Virat Kohli, who remained static at fourth position. Top-ranked Australian captain has reached a career-high rating of 941 points after scores of 178 not out and 21.

While has closed in on a major landmark as his tally of 899 rating points has put him on the brink of becoming only the second Indian bowler after to touch the 900-point mark, Ashwin, who had a highest rating of 904 points, has slipped 37 points behind to 862 points after finishing with just two wickets in Ranchi.

Meanwhile, the race for the second spot in the Test team rankings has become interesting as and South Africa compete ahead of the cut-off date of April 1, on which is assured of finishing first and getting a cash award of $1 million.

will finish second and get a cash award of $500,000 with at least a draw in the last Test in Dharamsala while South Africa can finish second if loses with South Africa either winning or drawing the last match against in Hamilton.

The third-placed team on April 1 will receive $200,000 while the fourth-placed team, which will be England, will get $100,000.

First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 16:28 IST
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