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ICC Rankings: Ravindra Jadeja close to dethroning R Ashwin as top Test bowler

If Ravindra Jadeja outshines R Ashwin in the Bangladesh Test match, he will take the top spot in the ICC Rankings.

By: PTI | Melbourne |
February 7, 2017 1:53:34 pm
ravindra jadeja, r ashwin, ashwin jadeja, ashwin rankings, jadeja rankings, cricket news, sports news R Ashwin is the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings, but Ravindra Jadeja is breathing down his neck in the rankings. (Source: File)

India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin would be feeling the heat from his team-mate Ravindra Jadeja as the two spinners take on Bangladesh in a one-off Test in Hyderabad from Thursday.

Ashwin is the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings, but Jadeja is breathing down his neck as he is just eight points behind.

It means that if Jadeja outshines Ashwin with the red ball, he can potentially move ahead of the off-spinner, who has been sitting on the top of the tree since bowling India to a comfortable 321 runs victory over New Zealand in Indore in October 2016.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the third highest-ranked bowler in (14th place) to feature in the series. He is followed by India’s Ishant Sharma (23rd), Mehedi Hasan of Bangladesh (36th), India’s Umesh Yadav (37th) and Taijul Islam of Bangladesh (39th).

In the batting table, India captain Virat Kohli is 58 points behind number-one ranked Steve Smith. Kohli will be aiming to carry his strong form into the Hyderabad Test, which will certainly help him narrow the gap with his Australian counterpart.

Other high-ranking batsmen to feature in the Test include Cheteshwar Pujara (12th), Ajinkya Rahane (15th), Shakib (22nd), Murali Vijay (27th), Tamim Iqbal (28th) and Mominul Haque (29th).

In the team rankings, number-one ranked India lead ninth-ranked Bangladesh by 58 points. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Bangladesh’s win will earn them five points, while India will drop from 120 points to 118 points.

If India win the match, they will earn one point while Bangladesh will drop only one point.

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