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Jadeja jumps to No. 1 in ODI bowling rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 4, 2013

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Ravindra Jadeja is all smiles after picking a wicket, India v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Port-of-Spain, July 11, 2013
Ravindra Jadeja is the fourth Indian to top the bowlers' ODI rankings © AFP

Ravindra Jadeja has topped the ICC bowlers' rankings in ODIs, level with West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, after jumping four places.

Jadeja is the first India bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble, who topped the table in 1996, and is the fourth India bowler to do so, Kapil Dev and Maninder Singh being the others.

Jadeja took five wickets from five matches in the ODI series against Zimbabwe and is the leading wicket-taker this year with 38 wickets from 22 matches at 18.86. He also topped the wicket-takers list in the Champions Trophy with 12 wickets from five matches, and was named Man of the Match in the final against England. His team-mate Amit Mishra rocketed 47 places to 32nd spot after claiming 18 wickets against Zimbabwe in the bilateral series.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who is ranked third after Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, equalled his career-high ranking in the batting list. Sangakkara, the leading run-scorer in the ODI series against South Africa with 372 runs at an average of 93, was last ranked third in 2005. Tillakaratne Dilshan gained two places and is now at the sixth spot. He scored 273 runs in the series and was second in the list of leading run-scorers.

Meanwhile, India strengthened their position at the top of the ODI rankings after their 5-0 win even though it earned them just one rating point. Australia are ranked second, nine rating points behind India. Sri Lanka and South Africa swapped places and Sri Lanka are now ranked fourth, six rating points ahead of South Africa.

The updated rankings were released after India's 5-0 series win against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka's 4-1 series win against South Africa at home.

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Posted by humdrum on (August 11, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1:yes,indeed.The same likeness in mannerisms and ability can be observed when comparing Greg Matthews in that era and Swann today.Except that the achievements of Matthews are beter in qualitative terms.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 9, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Imran Bhatt, what you want jadeja to do? bowl as fast as akhtar? turn the ball like sharne warne do? or may a few double centuries in ODIs? that too in 20-20 pace? all wanted is results. no matter how fast u bowl or how far u turn. h comes to bat at 7. so very few chances to get. yet still he maintained good avg with bat.

@mani86, u said right because jadeja fielding is good, bolws cleverly and reliable bowler.

@ all haters: may be u r doing good job. otherwise indian players would got away with thier past success and take things lightly and could not keep up the performance. please continue basting with your criticism.

Posted by bittoo01 on (August 8, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Mr Imran Bhatt. Ajmal has slipped in recent months because Ajmal and his team have been, lets face it very poor. Ranking are over 4 years and the fact that Ajmal has been playing for most of those and jadeja has not is saying something about Ajmal. Ranking don't lie.

Just to let you know there is no moment of silence, only from your team because we have Dhoni and you have Misbah.

I rest my case

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 7, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Jadeja reminds me of another cricketer from previous generation - Shastri. All style, no substance.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (August 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

@realfan:- lol Jadeja has played 22 ODI matches this year and Shakib only a mere 3 and still Jadeja cannot ovetake him as number 1 :P I hope you haven't forgotten how Shakib destroyed your Indian team the last time they met :P we all know who is the best

Posted by CricketChat on (August 6, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Jadeja is like a fresh breath of air for Ind team already on the rise after dumping non-performing seniors. One can only hope he wouldn't let his success get to his head and he remains level headed. Dhoni's help in turning his fortunes can't be ignored.

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