Ravindra Jadeja’s rise to the top of the rankings comes as no surprise to me, says Virat Kohli

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Jadeja rose four spots in the rankings after India’s 5-0 whitewashing of Zimbabwe

India vice-captain Virat Kohli has revealed that he is not surprised by the dramatic rise of spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who joined West Indies spinner Sunil Narine atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI bowlers rankings after the national team’s 5-0 whitewashing of Zimbabwe.

Jadeja rose four places in the rankings after the series and, according to Kohli, he has constantly made a “huge impact” in India’s recent ODI triumphs.

“I am really happy for Jadeja that he is the No.1 bowler in the world and he deserves it,” Kohli told IANS. “He is one of those guys who will always make something happen on the field. When he comes on to bowl, he will probably get you the breakthrough or just control the run flow straightaway. He has made a huge impact on our ODI victories.

“I am not surprised, to be honest. He has made huge strides in international cricket specially in the ODIs. In the last one or two years he has really been consistent with his bowling. Plus, he chips in with the bat every time the team needs.”

Despite only taking five wickets during the Zimbabwe series, Jadeja has claimed 38 victims in 22 matches this year at an average of 18.86 and he even boasts an impressive economy rate of just 3.78.

After having captained India to their first whitewash abroad, Kohli attributed the win to the fact that regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni constantly gives him tip after tip when they play together.

“I spoke a lot to Dhoni about how to keep my composure in difficult situations,” he said. “I have seen him and he does not react at all, it is a very hard thing for a captain and I tried to learn as much as I could from him. I spoke to him about field placings, when to control a certain situation in a match, when to go defensive and when on the attack.

“I observe him a lot when I am standing with him on the field. I notice what he tries to do with his bowlers and field placements. I have really learnt a lot from him and it has really helped me in leading the side.”

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