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ICC rankings: Ravindra Jadeja becomes No 1 Test allrounder

NEW DELHI: There is some good news for India’s Ravindra Jadeja, who will miss the third and final Test against Sri Lanka owing to a suspension, for he has become the No 1 allrounder in the format. He is already the No 1 Test bowler, making it a double honour for the 28-year-old. Following his Man-of-the-Match performance of 70 not out and seven wickets to help top-ranked India beat Sri Lanka by an innings in Colombo, Jadeja has displaced Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for allrounders for the first time in his career. During the second Test at the SSC, Jadeja also went past 150 wickets in his 32nd Test. He is serving a one-Test suspension after accumulating six demerit points inside a 24-month period. During the SSC Test, Jadeja collected the ball off his own bowling and hurled it at Pushpakumara “in a dangerous manner” as per the on-field umpires, which was found to be in breach of article 2.2.8 of the player’s code of conduct. Having been penalised in October 2016 for running on the pitch during a Test at Indore, Jadeja was slapped with a one-match suspension. The other Indian cricketers to make upwards movements are batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who each scored centuries in Colombo. Pujara’s 133 in his 50th Test has pushed him to third place in the Test batsmen rankings with a career-high 8888 points, while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth with his 132. India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places, and fast bowlers Mohammed Shami (20th) and Umesh Yadav (22nd) have also gained.

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