Following a good performance in the 3rd Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, Ravindra Jadeja moved ahead of compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja had taken a total of nine wickets during the 3rd Test. Other notable changes in the ICC ranking table are Cheteshwar Pujara, who overtakes Virat Kohli to be the highest ranked Indian batsman. Pujara’s knock of 202 from 525 balls meant that he now sits at No. 2 in the ICC rankings behind Steve Smith.
Jadeja has taken 67 wickets at a rate of 22.98, as well as four 5-wicket hauls in 24 innings. He has altered his bowling attack in such a way that he draws the batsman forward with his flighted deliveries. Meanwhile, Steve Smith remains at the top of the ranking table as the No. 1 Test batsman. India also retains its position as the No. 1 Test team, but the battle is on for the second spot behind India. That position is currently contested by Australia and South Africa.
If Australia win or draw with India in the upcoming test at Dharamshala, they will take over the 2nd rank, but if they lost, then South Africa will take the Number 2 slot in the ICC rankings. Also, if the Proteas win or draw their test match at Hamilton against New Zealand, they could take over the 2nd position from Australia. This year, if India hold on to their position until April 1st, they will earn a cash reward of $1 million dollars. Second position earns a reward of $500,000 dollars, and 3rd position earns $200,000 dollars.