Op­por­tu­nity for Jadeja to re­claim top bowl­ing, all-rounder rank­ings

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DUBAI: In­dia’s Ravin­dra Jadeja will have an op­por­tu­nity to re­claim the top bowl­ing and all­rounder rank­ings in the ICC Test Player Rank­ings when In­dia takes on Sri Lanka in the three-Test se­ries start­ing in Kolkata from Thurs­day.

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, 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, then he will re­gain the top slots he last held fol­low­ing his side’s se­cond Test against Sri Lanka in­Au­gust. While that was the first time he had surged to num­berone in the all-rounders’ list, he was the top-ranked bowler un­til An­der­son leapfrogged him on 9 Septem­ber fol­low­ing the Lord’s Test against the Windies.

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 Lokesh Rahul (eighth) and vice­cap­tain Ajinkya Ra­hane (ninth), while bats­men out­side the top-20 are Shikhar Dhawan (30th), Mu­rali Vi­jay (36th) and wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha (47th).

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

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).

Sri Lanka has two bats­men in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and cap­tain Di­nesh Chandi­mal (20th) in­side the top-20, while bats­men aim­ing for up­ward move­ments are An­gelo Mathews (24th), Niroshan Dick­wella (40th), Dilruwan Perera (78th) and Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne (113th).

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