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Pujara claims second position, Jadeja dominates bowling ranking

Ravindra Jadeja picked nine wickets in the Ranchi Test
Ravindra Jadeja picked nine wickets in the Ranchi Test
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India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has claimed the top position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for bowlers following the recently concluded third Test against Australia in Ranchi that ended in a draw.

Jadeja now has career high points of 899 and has gone past his team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin as the top ranked bowler after snaring nine wickets in the game at JSCA International Stadium.

Josh Hazlewood, who had a tough game in Ranchi where he picked a lone wicket in the 44 overs has slipped to the fourth position with Sri Lanka skipper Rangana Herath climbing one spot to third place after his seven-wicket haul in the second Test against Bangladesh in Colombo.

Meanwhile, South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj helped himself spring 15 position upwards with a match winning contribution of six-wicket haul against New Zealand in Wellington.

Australian skipper Steven Smith continues to enjoy the number one spot in the rankings for batsmen following his unbeaten knock of 178 in the first innings of the Ranchi Test.

However, with his third double century for India, Cheteshwar Pujara has leapfrogged Virat Kohil, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and David Warner to take the second place in the table with 861 points.

Pujara' brilliant knock helped him ascend in the table from number sixth position to the top ranked Indian batsman with Kohli losing 21 points following his dismal performance in the series.

Peter Handscomb's valuable 72 runs from 200 balls in the match saving innings on the final day of the test saw him jump from 41st to 35th spot in the ranking while Indian wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (51st) enjoyed rise in the rankings as well with the help of his third Test ton.

Also South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock as broke into the top 10 following his vital 91-run knock in the Wellington Test against the Black Caps. He is now positioned at 10th below his team-mate Hashim Amla.

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