The Indian skipper posted a picture with the all-rounder while leaving for Dharamshala to play the last test against Australia. From the time the Saurashtra bowler got call a up into the Test format under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to now under current Indian captain Virat Kohli, the Indian team has witnessed a reinvigorated self of Sir Jadeja. It was the third double-century of his career, second against Australia, and it helped him continue a rich vein of form in the 2016-17 home season - 1259 runs at 66.26 with four hundreds and seven fifties. This also earned him a place above Kohli to become the top-ranked India batsman in Tests at No. 2, behind Australia captain Steven Smith. The difference between the too has been elongated seeing the recent performances of Jadeja. He took 9 wickets in the Ranchi Test which included a five-wicket haul in the first innings which set the tone of the game. Smith has 941 rating points is now joint-fifth highest ever with Peter May. Shakib, who scored a match-winning ton in the Colombo Test, has leaped in the rankings for the batsmen as well, achieving his career-best 21st spot.
The four-match Test series between India and Australia is now level at 1-1, with the fourth and final Test scheduled to start on March 25 in Dharamsala. The race for the second spot is still open as Australia and South Africa are competing ahead of the cut-off date of April 1. South Africa, however, can finish second if Australia lose the fourth Test and the former manage either a draw or win against New Zealand in Hamilton.