Jadeja jumps to career best third in ICC Rankings

Birmingham, June 24 (IANS) India's Ravindra Jadeja made all-round gains in the latest ICC ODI Rankings released on Monday, a day after India beat England by five runs in the Champions Trophy final.

Jadeja, who made an unbeaten 33 and picked up two for 24 in the final, was named Man of the Match. His haul of 12 wickets in the tournament also made him the highest wicket-taker, fetching him the Golden Ball trophy.

Jadeja's efforts helped him move up a place to a career-best third in the latest bowlers' rankings. He also moved up three places to 52nd in the batting table. His combined effort with the bat and ball helped him move up a place to a best so far third in the latest all-rounders' standings.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also made a return to the top 10 of the bowlers' list, having jumped six places to ninth.

The others to make upward movement include Angelo Mathews in 22nd (up by three), James Tredwell in 28th (up by 15), Stuart Broad in 30th (up by two), Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 49th (up by three) and Ishant Sharma in 51st (up by five).

The bowlers' list is still headed by West Indies' Sunil Narine with Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in second place.

In the rankings for batsmen, England batsman Jonathan Trott moved up a place to fourth. Trott scored 229 runs from five games to end as the second highest run-getter in the tournament.

The list continues to be headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, with teammate Hashim Amla in second place and India's Virat Kohli in third position.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who ended the tournament as the highest run-getter after scoring 363 runs, has jumped 21 places to a career-best 29th. Dhawan's efforts with the bat not only fetched him the Player of the Tournament award but also earned him the Golden Bat trophy for scoring the most runs of the tournament.

Others to make upward movement include Mahela Jayawardene in 21st (up by three) and Angelo Mathews in 41st (up by one).

Meanwhile, India's triumph in the Champions Trophy has helped them strengthen their position as the number-one ranked team on the ODI Championship Table.

India entered the tournament on 119 ratings points and have moved to 123 thanks to victories over South Africa, the West Indies and Pakistan in the group stage, followed by wins over Sri Lanka in the semi-final and hosts England in the final.

India now have a lead of 10 ratings points over their nearest rival, England, who are currently on 113, level with third-placed Australia. But Alastair Cook's side is ranked above Michael Clarke's team by a fraction of a point.

South Africa continue to be ranked fourth with a loss of one ratings points (111) following their loss in the semi-final to England. Sri Lanka are still at fifth but have also lost one ratings point to finish at 108.

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