Jadeja becomes No.1 ranked all-rounder in Tests
Mar 09, 2022
DUBAI: Ravindra Jadeja's performance at India's recent Test home win against Sri Lanka in Mohali has catapulted him to the no. 1 position in the ICC Men's Test Player Rankings.
His unbeaten 175 lifted him up to 17 places from 54th to 37th with the bat and he added nine wickets to move up to 17th with the ball. His all-round contribution was enough for him to regain the top all-rounder spot from Jason Holder, who had held it since February 2021. Jadeja's only previous time on top was in August 2017, when he spent a week at number one.
The Rawalpindi Test between host Pakistan and Australia was a batting feast, and Imam-ul-Haq celebrated by striking a century in each innings to move to a career-best 63rd with 477 points.
His teammate Azhar Ali struck 185 and moved up ten places to 12 whilst Abdullah Shafique added a second-innings century to gain 27 places to 67. Australia's Marnus Labuschagne missed out on a century, being dismissed for 90, but that was enough to gain a point up to 936 and 12th position on his own in the list of highest-ever batting ratings. Usman Khawaja also fell in the 90s but continued his renaissance, moving up six places to 24 with the bat, his highest position for three years.
In bowlers, Nauman Ali of Pakistan impressed with figures of 6-107 in Australia's first innings and saw him gain 19 places to 51.
In T20I cricket, whilst the top 12 batters are unchanged, at joint thirteenth position is Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai, who's unbeaten 59 in the second match against Bangladesh at Mirpur ensured a shared series win.
For the hosts, Liton Das starred in the first match with 60, which helped him to gain 26 places to 49th over the course of the series. With the ball, Nasum Ahmed has made his first appearance in the top 10 bowlers, thanks to his 'Player of the Match' performance of 4-10 in the first match.