India's Ravindra Jadeja named No. 1 in ICC rankings

Ravindra Jadeja is one of the best Indian cricketers and greatest fielder of this decade, he has achieved yet another international recognition recently. The 33-year-old is named as No. 1 in the ICC rankings of all-rounders cricketers. Jadeja captivated many in a recent Test home playing for India against Sri Lanka with a resume-worthy performance of the bat and the ball. This performance blasted his name to the No. 1 position in the ICC Men's Test Player Rankings. Prior to the No. 1 position, the player with the nickname Sir Jadeja was ranked 54th on the ICC ranking. He moved up 17 places to No. 34th by scoring a 175. The all-rounder proceeded with adding nine wickets, taking the No. 1 position from Barbadians right-arm medium-fast bowler Jason Holder who had secured the No. 1 position since February last year.

Jadeja’s play against Sri Lanka Jadeja stands out in the spotlight of the match, he batted 228 balls for his unbeaten 175, a 76.75% strike rate with 17 fours including three sixes.

Jadeja continues his brilliance by striking a century stand with R Ashwin prior to India declaring a 574 for 8. As India bowled to Sri Lanka for 174, Jadeja went out to take a five-for the team and complemented with two wickets in two balls finishing the innings off. Coming in a two time around, Jadeja did not manage to finish his hat-trick but at the expense of claiming four more for as Sri Lanka bundled out again, standing with a strong defense and resisting India’s strong offensive. However, Sri Lanka was unable to hold out Jadeja breaking in the team with 17 overs, a wicket to Dhananjaya de Silva and a swift followed up to Sri Lanka’s batter Angelo Mathews, ensuring India much more steps closer to victory. Jadeja however, could have made yet another record if he had not missed right at the end and claimed the final wicket which ended up to his spin partner Ashwin. Jadeja would have been the first cricketer with over 150 scores and ten wickets in one game. Regardless, he came out as sixth to score 150 plus alongside a five-for in one Test game. ## Jadeja’s stats Jadeja has finally regained No. 1 in the ranking after he only had spent a week holding the position in August 2017. In addition to the all-rounder ranking, Jadeja has moved up to No. 17 in the bowling rankings and 37th on the batting table. In addition, Jadeja has been playing for India since 2009 and has a fair share of experience as both a domestic and international cricketer. This far, Jadeja has played 58 Tests, 168 ODIs, 57 T20Is and 111 FCs. While his bowling average career in all competitions is over 20%, the player has a batting career average on Test, ODIs, T20I and FCs of over 30%. This far the player scored above two thousand in all competitions above, except in T20I where he only has 326. Making him one of India’s valuable in the upcoming event of the sport.


Akshay Malhotra

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