New Delhi, March 8: Indian left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have become the first pair of spinners to be jointly top-ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
Thus the Indian duo has become the first pair of spinners to be jointly top-ranked in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after Jadeja caught up with Ashwin in the rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday, as India defeated Australia in the second match in Bengaluru. However, Jadeja’s seven wickets in the match, which included a crucial six for 63 in the first innings, have helped him move up one rank to reach the top position for the first time in his career.
Importantly, Ashwin too played an important role in the match, which India won by 75 runs to level the four-match series 1-1, so as not to concede the top ranking. His eight wickets took him past spin legend Bishan Bedi’s tally of 266 wickets and made him the fifth-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests with 269 wickets.
Ashwin has also established a record for being the quickest to 25 five-wicket hauls - in 47 Tests - the fastest in Test cricket, outstripping Richard Hadlee's feat in 62 matches. Interestingly, India’s win in the second Test assures it the No.1 spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the April 1 cut-off date and a cash prize of $1 million. The fight is now for the second, third and fourth places.
Notably, This is Jadeja's career-best rankings in the ICC table. He was placed at the second spot in the ICC Test rankings before this match. The last time two bowlers shared the top spot was in April 2008 when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran were at the top.
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has conceded the second rank to England’s Joe Root after managing only 27 runs in the match and 40 in the series so far. Root is now one point ahead of Kohli at 848 points.