ICC rankings: Ashwin, Jadeja to fight for top spots in Tests

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Dubai : It will be a fight between India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the top spot in ICC rankings as they both take on Bangladesh in a one-off Test in Hyderabad from Thursday.

In ICC rankings, Ashwin is at the top spot in Test bowlers, but Jadeja is breathing down his neck as he is just eight points behind.

If Jadeja outshines Ashwin with the red ball,  he can potentially dislodge the Tamil Nadu bowler, who has been sitting on the top since bowling India to a comfortable 321 runs victory over New Zealand in Indore in October 2016.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the third highest-ranked bowler in (14th place) to feature in the series. He is followed by India’s Ishant Sharma (23rd), Mehedi Hasan of Bangladesh (36th), India’s Umesh Yadav (37th) and Taijul Islam of Bangladesh (39th).

In the batting table, India captain Virat Kohli is 58 points behind number-one ranked Steve Smith. Kohli will be aiming to carry his strong form into the Hyderabad Test, which will certainly help him narrow the gap with his Australian opposite number.

In the team rankings, number-one ranked India leads ninth-ranked Bangladesh by 58 points.