Jadeja Becomes World’s Number One All Rounder
DUBAI (IANS) – Ravindra Jadeja on Mar.9 became the top-ranked all-rounder in the latest ICC Test rankings. Jadeja’s Player of the Match performance, where he made a career-best, unbeaten 175 with the bat and had a match haul of 9/87 in India’s win by an innings and 222 runs against Sri Lanka in Mohali was enough to catapult him to the pole position.
During the Test match at Mohali, Jadeja had become the first player in Men’s Test cricket history to score more than 150 runs and take nine wickets in a single Test. Apart from the all-rounder rankings, Jadeja’s unbeaten 175 lifted him up to 17 places from 54th to 37th rank with the bat.
The nine wickets scalped by him helped Jadeja to move up to 17th position with the ball. His all-round contribution was enough for him to regain the top all-rounder spot from West Indies’ Jason Holder, who had held it since Feb. 2021. Jadeja’s only previous time on top of all-rounders rankings was in Aug. 2017, when he spent a week at number one.
Holder, meanwhile, is now at second place while Ravichandran Ashwin is at third position. From an Indian perspective, senior batter Virat Kohli, who hit the landmark of 100th Test at Mohali, returned to the top five of the Men’s Batting Rankings at fifth pace, jumping ahead of Travis Head and new India skipper Rohit Sharma.
Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant’s quickfire 96 against Sri Lanka sees him move into the top ten, at the tenth place, at the expense of Australia opener David Warner.