Ravindra Jadeja Advances 17 Positions To Become Test Cricket’s No. 1 Allrounder. West Indies’ star all-rounder Jason Holder was in the No. 1 spot since February 2021. However, Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round performance versus Sri Lanka was enough to dethrone Holder from the Number one spot.
Jadeja played 228 balls for his unbeaten 175, coming in at No. 7 after India had reached 228 for 5. With a strike rate of 76.75, he hit 17 fours and three sixes, assisting India in moving forward quickly. Before India declared on 574 for 8, he and R Ashwin put up a century partnership.
The India all-rounder was named Player of the Match after scoring 175 in the first innings to help India to a strong 574/8 declared total. He then had a five-wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s opening innings. He also performed quite well in the second inning, going 4/46. Jadeja’s 175* was also the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian batting at No.7 or lower.
With the wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva, Jadeja ended Sri Lanka’s greatest period of resistance in the game, which lasted 17 overs. He immediately followed by dismissing the other set batsman, Angelo Mathews, to put India in position to win on day three.
Following his amazing performance with bat and ball in Mohali, Ravindra Jadeja is announced as the new No. 1 allrounder in Test cricket. Jadeja struck 175 not out and claimed nine wickets in the match to help India win by innings over Sri Lanka.
This is Jadeja’s second stint at the top of the Test allrounder rankings. In August 2017, he was number one for a week. Jadeja also climbed three spots to No. 17 in the bowling rankings. Furthermore, he moved up from 54th to 37th in the batting order.
Holder has moved up to second place, while Jadeja’s teammate Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped to third.
Meanwhile, former India captain Virat Kohli, who recently played his 100th Test, has returned to the top five in Test batter rankings. In addition, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reached the top 10 following his 96-run knock in Mohali.
Marnus Labuschagne of Australia remains the world’s top batter. With a rating of 936, he also ranks 12th in all-time. Apart from him, Ricky Ponting, Steve Smith, and Don Bradman are the only Australians who have a higher rank than the 27-year-old.
The second Test will be held in Bengaluru beginning March 12. The much-anticipated contest will be a Day/Night competition. The second Pink-Ball Test will also be Team India’s third.