Sri Lanka series chance for Jadeja to reclaim top spot in ICC rankings

The all-rounder sits second in ICC rankings in the bowling and all-rounder categories.

Ravindra Jadeja’s last international match was the second Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.   -  PTI

Ravindra Jadeja will have an opportunity to reclaim the top bowling and all-rounder spot in the ICC rankings when India takes on Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series beginning in Kolkata on Thursday. The 28-year-old currently sits second in both categories.

In the bowlers’ table, he is 12 points behind England’s James Anderson, while 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, he will regain the top slots he last held following his side’s second Test against Sri Lanka in August.

While that was the first time he had surged to No. 1 in the all-rounders’ list, he was the top-ranked bowler until Anderson leapfrogged him on September 9 following the Lord’s Test against West Indies. Apart from Jadeja, India’s sixth-ranked 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.

Other India batsmen inside the top 10 include K. L. Rahul (eighth) and Ajinkya Rahane (ninth), while batsmen outside the top 20 are Shikhar Dhawan (30th), Murali Vijay (36th) and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha (47th). The other India bowlers to feature prominently in the rankings are R. Ashwin (fourth), Mohammed Shami (19th), Umesh Yadav (27th), Ishant Sharma (29th) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (37th).

Sri Lanka has two batsmen in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (20th) inside the top-20.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked bowler in fifth place.

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