India’s spin twins Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are on top of the world. According to the latest International Cricket Council rankings for Test bowlers, Jadeja has joined Ashwin as the world’s leading bowlers. The rankings released a day after the second Test against Australia in Bengaluru. Jadeja’s seven wickets in the match helped him move up one rank to reach the top position for the first time in his career. Before Ashwin and Jadeja, Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran shared the top spot in April 2008. In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Steve Smith, captain of Australian cricket team, maintained his reign at the top for 77 Tests, going past Ricky Ponting’s 76 matches.
Ravindra Jadeja’s seven wickets in the match, which included a crucial six for 63 in the first innings, helped him move up one rank to reach the top position for the first time in his career. The last time two bowlers shared the top spot was in April 2008 when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran were at the top. Ravichandran Ashwin’s eight wickets took him past spin legend Bishan Bedi’s tally of 266 wickets and made him the fifth-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests with 269 wickets. Australia spinner Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets in the match have lifted him two places to 16th rank while his team’s left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe and India pace bowler Umesh Yadav have gained one place each to reach career-best 28th and 29th places, respectively.