Ashwin and Jadeja jointly rank Number One in ICC Test rankings

Mar 9, 2017 11:05 IST

ICCIndia’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on 8 March 2017 became the first pair of spinners to be jointly top-ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.

The rankings released a day after the second Test against Australia in Bengaluru. Jadeja’s seven wickets in the match helped him move up one rank to reach the top position for the first time in his career.

Before Ashwin and Jadeja, Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran shared the top spot in April 2008.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Steve Smith, captain of Australian cricket team, maintained his reign at the top for 77 Tests, going past Ricky Ponting’s 76 matches.

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Top 10 in ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers

Ranking

Player

Rating

1

Ravichandran Ashwin

892

2

Ravindra Jadeja

892

3

Josh Hazlewood

863

4

Rangana Herath

827

5

Kagiso Rabada

821

6

Dale Steyn

819

7

James Anderson

810

8

Stuart Broad

803

9

Vernon Philander

798

10

Mitchell Starc

757

About Ravichandran Ashwin

Born on 17 September 1986, Ravichandran Ashwin is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler.

In domestic cricket, he plays for Tamil Nadu. He plays for Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL.

He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, and 250-wicket mark in Test cricket.

In 2016, Ashwin became the only Indian after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

In his 45th test match, against Bangladesh in February 2017, he became the fastest player to pick up 250 test wickets.

About Ravindra Jadeja

Born 6 December 1988, Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja plays as a left-handed middle-order batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler.

He plays for Saurashtra in first-class cricket and the Gujarat Lions in the IPL.

He was a part of the Indian U-19 cricket team that won the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.

On 22 January 2017, he became the first Indian left arm spinner to take 150 ODI wickets.

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