ICC News March 8, 2017

Jadeja and Ashwin jointly top Test rankings

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Ravindra Jadeja has climbed one place to join R Ashwin at No.1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers in what is the first instance of two spinners jointly claiming the top spot.

Jadeja's seven wickets, including a first-innings six-for, in the second Test against Australia helped him occupy the top rank and assured India the No.1 spot in the ICC Test Team rankings for the annual April 1 cut-off.

He shares the top spot with Ashwin, whose eight-wicket haul took him past Bishan Bedi as the fifth-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests with 269 scalps. However, Ashwin's poor returns with the bat - 20 in the last four innings - meant he has dropped behind Shakib Al Hasan on the list of Test allrounders.

The last time two bowlers shared the No.1 rank was in April 2008, when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralitharan were at 897 points. Jadeja and Ashwin are currently at 892 points each, and lead Australia's Josh Hazlewood at No. 3 by 29 points.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, Virat Kohli lost his second spot to Joe Root after managing only 40 in his last two Tests. Steven Smith maintained his reign at the top for the 77th Test, edging past Ricky Ponting's 76 matches as the third longest stint at the top among Australians after Steve Waugh (94) and Don Bradman (93).

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  • opto_pus on March 11, 2017, 16:15 GMT

    @INT.CURATOR:" @OPTO_PUS The beauty of the great WI & AUS teams of their eras are they were feared by opponents, expected to win and did so convincingly. Those AUS players you have mentioned statistically have very good records. They have all left a great legacy to cricket. They have given back to cricket tenfold in taking up positions of coaching, commentating and create charities raising millions of dollars for India's impoverished and victims of cancer. Cricket and the world is in a better place because of these legends." India has more than enough money to raise money for it's own impoverished and the impoverished cricketers around the world with mediocre England players like Ben Stokes whom will be earning £1.7 millions pounds in seven weeks. England allrounder Ben Stokes has become the most expensive overseas player ever bought at an IPL auction, going for INR 14.5 crore (USD 2.16 million approx) to Rising Pune (part1)

  • Int.Curator on March 10, 2017, 23:19 GMT

    @OPTO_PUS The beauty of the great WI & AUS teams of their eras are they were feared by opponents, expected to win and did so convincingly. Those AUS players you have mentioned statistically have very good records. They have all left a great legacy to cricket. They have given back to cricket tenfold in taking up positions of coaching, commentating and create charities raising millions of dollars for India's impoverished and victims of cancer. Cricket and the world is in a better place because of these legends.

  • opto_pus on March 10, 2017, 16:00 GMT

    @INT.CURATOR:"@OPTO_PUS I was referring to the 90s - mid 00s AUS team." I know exactly which team you were referring to."Australia were and have never been that good maybe in the mouthing of department with Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne but certainly not in the bowling department." I was referring to the period from 1995 to 2005 as you mention and it was obvious Australia were completely poor in the sportsmen department as Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee era.

  • Int.Curator on March 10, 2017, 13:56 GMT

    @OPTO_PUS I was referring to the 90s - mid 00s AUS team. (not the current team) I'm glad you too have fond memories of the legends that made up 70s -80s West Indian team. Like any sporting teams in different eras of time its difficult to truly gauge how they might fair in another era. WI & AUS teams records stand and are boldly resting with history. Those eras played hard, but fair with a lot of spirit. Sledging is witty and funny insults. Legendary in Ashes fixtures.I think its lost in translation with some Indian players like Kohli and Ishant.

  • opto_pus on March 10, 2017, 12:30 GMT

    @INT.CURATOR:"In the last 50 years of cricket it is well documented there has historically only been two teams that have totally dominated for long periods. That is the West Indies through the mid 70s & 80s and Australia mid 90s & 00s."The Australian team of the late 1990s to mid 2000s is a distant secend too the great West Indies of 76 to 1990, Holding, Roberts Marshall and Garner would scare the brown stains out of Steven Smiths pants, let alone competing with them. Australia were and have never been that good maybe in the mouthing of department with Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne but certainly not in the bowling department add to that Colin Croft, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop you have a proper Aussie stomping Attack. Smith Warner, Marsh and Wade wouldn't last many deliveries for the first set or the second set for that matter. Australia took bad mouthing the opposition to another level in the 1990's with their shear arrogance. It's good to England and India get them.

  • sala_mander on March 10, 2017, 11:01 GMT

    @FIJICRICKET - Cherry-picking stats over the last 17 years and including completely unrelated stats like U-19 and limited overs to plump out your posts exposes your ignorance of the game. India beat WI and Zim? WOW! Who hasn't? This is ESPNCRICINFO...serious cricket fans come here. You'll need to up your game to be taken seriously.

  • Int.Curator on March 10, 2017, 10:07 GMT

    @FIJI your stating the obvious and your lack of actual on field cricketing prowess and knowledge is for all to see.

  • Fijicricket on March 10, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    @INT.CURATOR ON MARCH 10, 2017, 8:06 GMT Both teams play on the same pitch. Time to grow up- find some other excuse- like position of Mars in relation to the moon

  • Int.Curator on March 10, 2017, 8:06 GMT

    @ Fiji. The luck of a ball hitting a crack on the pitch plays a much greater part on Indian pitches. This luck starts on day one and is what frustrates the players and fans. Pune started on a day 8 pitch riddled with unpredictable luck. Players can't train for luck and it detracts from the game. Like tossing a coin, or rolling a dice.

  • Int.Curator on March 10, 2017, 6:28 GMT

    In the last 50 years of cricket it is well documented there has historically only been two teams that have totally dominated for long periods. That is the West Indies through the mid 70s & 80s and Australia mid 90s & 00s. Very good teams have come and gone but no teams have totally dominated since. If India can continue their winning ways home and away for another 15 years they too might reach the pinnacle of bragging rights.

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