Team India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has reached the number one position in the all-rounder players category by the ICC Men’s Test Rankings. Jadeja acquired the position by replacing former West Indies skipper Jason Holder. He reclaimed his spot on this list after approx 4 years long gap. The last he achieved the No.1 ranking was back in August 2017.
Jason Holder was part of the recently concluded two-Test series against South Africa in St. Lucia. He lost 28 rating points in this series, allowing Jadeja to take the spot. Subsequently, Holder now has 384 rating points on his name, slipping to the second position.
After Jadeja and Holder, England player Ben Stokes continues to reign in the third spot (377), while Jadeja’s compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin (353) is at number 4. After this, Shakib Al Hasan remains in the fifth spot.
Speaking of the ICC Men’s Test Rankings of batsmen, South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has gained big from his excellent stint against the West Indies in the recently concluded two-match Test series. He concluded the series as the leading run-scorer, playing an impeccable knock of 96 runs in the first innings. Owing to this, the Proteas moved up two places to make a comeback into the top 10 rankings. Previously, it was in 2019 that the 28-year old acquired his career-best ranking of the sixth position.
Among bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin has maintained his second position in the bowlers’ rankings on 850 points. The same holds for the rest of the top four bowlers.
Player of the match of South Africa vs West Indies Test, Kagiso Rabada has ascended one place to acquire the sixth position, thanks to his fifer. South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who became the second Proteas to scalp a hat-trick in Test, leapt up three places. He now ranks 28th. While Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi also benefitted from his performance and jumped up three places.