Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja thanked current Indian captain Virat Kohli and ex-skipper MS Dhoni for their support after he reached the top rank among the all-rounders in Test cricket for the first time. Jadeja dethroned Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top spot. He achieved this feat after he claimed 7 wickets in the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo which included a five-wicket haul in the second innings. He also played an important knock of 70 not out. Team India won the match by an innings and 53 runs.
Jadeja is now No.1 in two ICC Test Rankings. He was already leading in ICC Test bowler rankings and now he is leading the all-rounder rankings as well. Not only in the second Test match, the left-arm spinner did well in the Galle Test as well, picking up 6 wickets (3 in each innings).
Jadeja, who faces a one-match ban for throwing the ball towards Malinda Pushpakumara during Colombo Test, took to his Twitter handle to thank his captains. He wrote: “My humble journey 2 be #1 Test AllRounder & bowler was possible due 2 @msdhoni @imVkohli, my fans & family #bcci #icc #teamindia #rajputboy.”
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 8, 2017
Jadeja’s outpour of gratitude has become the most retweeted tweet of all time from his Twitter account.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 8, 2017
Soon after ICC announced the rankings, Indian captain Virat Kohli took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Jadeja. Virat wrote: “Big Congratulations to our sword master Mr Jadeja for becoming the Number 1 test all rounder with Ravichandran Ashwin. Well done Jaddu.”
Jadeja, who is the top-ranked Test bowler, has also gained nine places to reach the 51st rank among batsmen.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017
Jadeja, who made his Test debut under MS Dhoni on 13 December in 2012 against England, has so far claimed 151 wickets with a bowling average of 23.13. He also has 1,051 runs under his belt in Test cricket.