India’s ace spinner Ravindra Jadeja will have an opportunity to reclaim the top bowling and all-rounder spot in the ICC rankings when India take on Sri Lanka in the three- match Test series starting in Kolkata on Thursday, reported PTI.
The 28-year-old, who has played 32 Tests to date in which he has taken 155 wickets and scored 1136 runs, currently sits second in both the categories. In the bowlers table, he is 12 points behind England’s James Anderson. In the all-rounders’ list he is eight points behind Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
If Jadeja puts up a strong show with both bat and ball, then he will regain the top slots he last held in August. While that was the first time he had surged to number- one in the all-rounders’ list, he was the top-ranked bowler until Anderson leapfrogged him on September 9 following the Lord’s Test against the West Indies.
Apart from Jadeja, India skipper Virat Kohli will also be eyeing a return to the top-five among batsmen as he presently trails Australia’s David Warner by just one point in sixth spot.
Other India batsmen inside the top-10 include Lokesh Rahul (eighth) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (ninth), while batsmen outside the top-20 are Shikhar Dhawan (30th), Murali Vijay (36th) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (47th).
The other India bowlers to feature prominently in the rankings are Ravichandran Ashwin (fourth), Mohammed Shami (19th), Umesh Yadav (27th), Ishant Sharma (29th) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (37th).