Ravindra Jadeja has been the most impressive in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season so far © Getty Images
Ravindra Jadeja has been the most impressive in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season so far © Getty Images

With the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season entering the fifth round, there were a few players, who stood tall among the pack.  Bhaskar Narayan takes a look at five cricketers, who have performed exceedingly well for their teams. LIVE CRICKET COVERAGE: RANJI TROPHY 2015-16

Ravindra Jadeja- Jadeja, who plays for Saurashtra has performed exceedingly well with both bat and ball in the tournament but its his wizardry and achievements in bowling which has been the highlight of this Ranji Trophy. He has emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament till now. He has played three matches and has picked 37 wickets at a brilliant bowling average of nine and a lethal strike rate of 22.3. He has picked a minimum of five wickets in all six innings and a minimum of ten wickets in all the three matches. READ: Ravindra Jadeja returns to Indian Test team against South Africa

Jadeja’s scintillating performance can be judged from the fact that the second leading wicket-taker in the tournament, Karaparambil Monish has ten wickets less than him having played one more match. Jadeja has also chipped in with the bat and has an average of 38.50 with a highest score of 91. Jadeja’s efforts have earned him a place in the Indian squad for the first two Tests against South Africa.

Karaparambil Monish- Kerala’s slow left-arm orthodox bowler Karaparambil Monish has impressed in the tournament so far. He has picked 27 wickets from four matches making him the second highest wicket-taker. His economy rate of 2.38 is even better than that of this season’s top performer Jadeja. Sad part for Kerala is that none of their other bowlers have bowled well in the tournament and hence haven’t won any match so far.

 Shreyas Iyer- Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer is the leading run-scorer of the tournament so far. He has 496 runs from four matches at an astounding average of 82.66 and an unparalleled strike rate of 99. He has slammed 11 gigantic sixes in the tournament putting him at the very top when it comes to number of sixes hit in the tournament too. He has also scored a double hundred. Shreyas is just 20-years-old but his superb batting performance should make selectors think of picking him in Indian team, especially T20Is considering he is a fast scorer and his ability to clear the ground at will.

Rohan Prem- This left-handed Kerala batsman has struck two hundreds and two half centuries at an average of 76.66 from four matches. In his last match, Rohan made a commanding century against Services to help his team get three points.

Parvez Rasool- Jammu and Kashmir off-spin all-rounder Parvez Rasool has batted very well in the tournament. He has 414 runs from four matches at an average of 69. He has struck two hundreds and a fifty. Rasool’s highest score of 130 came in the fourth round of the tournament against Tripura.

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)