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Virat Kohli Lauds Ravindra Jadeja for Achieving Numero Uno Spot

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 8, 2017, 3:36 PM IST
Virat Kohli Lauds Ravindra Jadeja for Achieving Numero Uno Spot

India's captain Virat Kohli, right, celebrates with teammate Ravindra Jadeja after their win over Sri Lanka in their second cricket test match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. India won the match by an innings and 53 runs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli has hailed ace spinner Ravindra Jadeja after the latter took the number one spot in the latest ICC all-rounders rankings in Tests on Tuesday.

Jadeja’s knock of 70 not out and seven wickets has seen him edge out Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take the top position among all-rounders for the first time.

Skipper Kohli took to social media to congratulate his star bowlers and he wrote on Twitter: "Big Congratulations to our sword master Mr Jadeja for becoming the Number 1 test all rounder with @ashwinravi99. Well done Jaddu! @imjadeja"

Jadeja, who is the top-ranked Test bowler, has also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.

Pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up three places to 20th) and Umesh Yadav (up three places to 22nd) have made notable gains. Meanwhile, India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have made notable movements after their centuries in the Colombo Test helped India take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an innings and 53 runs win over Sri Lanka. Pujara’s knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132.

Ravindra Jadeja now holds both the top spots in the longest format of the game — bowlers and all-rounders. And the southpaw would want to consolidate his position at the top in the final Test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Saturday.
First Published: August 8, 2017, 3:36 PM IST

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