Ravindra Jadeja joins Sunil Narine atop the ICC ODI bowlers rankings

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Jadeja is the first Indian bowler to top the rankings since 1996

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has joined West Indies spinner Sunil Narine atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI bowlers rankings after ascending four places.

Jadeja is the first Indian bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble did so back in 1996 and he is also only the fourth Indian bowler to do so with Kapil Dev and Maninder Singh being the other two.

The left-arm spinner took five wickets in the recent five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, taking his year’s tally up to 38 wickets from 22 matches at an average of 18.86.

He also took the most wickets during the last ever Champions Trophy as he claimed 12 victims in five matches.

Meanwhile, his team-mate, Amit Mishra, blasted his way up 47 places to occupy the 32nd spot after he equalled Javagal Srinath’s record for the most wickets taken during a bi-lateral ODI series with 18.

In other news, Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara regained his career-best ranking of third on the ICC ODI batsmen list after scoring 372 runs at an average of 93 against South Africa in their recently concluded five-match ODI series.

Sangakkara was last ranked third back in 2005.

Sri Lanka opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan jumped two spots to sixth after scoring 273 runs during the series and finishing second on the run-scorers list.

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