Following a brilliant performance in India’s second Test match against England, Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings for the first time in his professional career. Bumrah became the first Indian fast bowler to be ranked no. 1 in the ICC Test rankings after replacing teammate Ravichandran Ashwin from the spot.
The only other Indian players to have topped the bowling charts before are Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bishan Singh Bedi. Bumrah is the fourth player overall to achieve it. The 30-year-old’s previous highest position was third, which he held on many occasions.
Before the beginning of the second Test, Bumrah was ranked fourth, he has now moved up three spots to claim the top position. Ashwin, who has been No.1 since March last year, slips two places to third in the latest Test bowling rankings, with South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada remaining second despite missing the Proteas’ Test series in New Zealand.
In the second Test in Visakhapatnam, Bumrah got an incredible 9/91 during his team’s 106-run win against England, levelling the series. Bumrah’s nine-wicket haul won him Player of the Match over opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored a double century in India’s first innings.