In Dubai, the cricket world is abuzz with the latest revelation following Jasprit Bumrah’s formidable performance against England in the second test match in Visakhapatnam.
Another remarkable figure has emerged, carving his name in history as the first Indian fast bowler to claim the coveted top position in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.
Bumrah’s ascent marks a significant milestone, reminiscent of Virat Kohli’s previous achievements in Test cricket.
His stellar performance, spearheading India’s triumph with nine crucial wickets in the second test, propelled him past his compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin to claim the top spot. Ashwin, a stalwart in Indian cricket with 499 Test wickets to his name, relinquished his reign after an impressive 11-month tenure, now settling in third place.
Joining an esteemed group, Bumrah becomes the fourth Indian bowler to ascend to the pinnacle of bowling rankings, following in the footsteps of Bishansingh Bedi, Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja.
With an impressive rating of 881 points, Bumrah’s achievement underscores his prowess on the cricketing stage, overshadowing the rating coefficients of Ashwin and Jadeja at 904 and 899, respectively, had they reached the summit jointly in March 2017.
Amidst Bumrah’s triumph, Indian cricket witnesses further strides as opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and centurion Shubman Gill make notable advancements in the rankings. Jaiswal’s maiden Test double century catapults him from 37th to 29th position in the batting rankings, while Gill’s stellar performance sees him rise by 14 places to secure the 38th spot.
In the latest ICC rankings unveiled on Wednesday, India boasts three bowlers in the top ten, with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack at number one, followed by Ravichandran Ashwin at third, and Ravindra Jadeja at eighth.
Bumrah’s ascent adds another chapter to India’s cricketing legacy, with illustrious names gracing the annals of the sport: