Indian cricket team's star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah touched new heights on Wednesday. The fast bowler overtook compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin to take the No. 1 spot in the latest ICC men's Test bowler rankings and become the first Indian fast bowler to do so. In the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday, Bumrah moved to the top spot after taking nine wickets during India's series-levelling win against England in the second Test in Vizag.
Bumrah jumped from no. He finished third and moved to the top of the rankings, overtaking Ashwin who has been at the top since March last year. He took three wickets in the same match and slipped to third place.
South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has retained his second position despite being ruled out of the ongoing two-match Test series against New Zealand.
Jasprit Bumrah's first reaction after the achievement was cryptic. She posted a picture on her Instagram story depicting the theme 'The Support' vs 'The Congratulations'. The 'support' section contained a picture of a single man, while the 'congratulations' section showed a stadium full of people.
Before reaching the pinnacle, 30-year-old Bumrah had never been able to move beyond the third position despite claiming 10-wicket hauls five times in his career.
Two of those five-wicket hauls have come in 2024, the first coming against South Africa in Cape Town in January, where he claimed 6/61 and then took 6/45 in his most recent appearance against England.
Bumrah is the fourth Indian bowler to reach the top of the rankings after Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bishan Bedi.
Sri Lankan spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya dropped to sixth place after taking eight wickets in the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Her compatriot Asitha Fernando moved up seven places to 34th after taking six wickets in the same match.
Talking about the men's Test batting rankings, Yashasvi Jaiswal got the reward for scoring a brilliant double century (209) in the second Test against England.
This young opening batsman climbed 37 places to reach 29th position. New Zealand's experienced batsman Kane Williamson has retained his position at the top.
Australia's Steve Smith moved to second place while England batsman Joe Root slipped to third place.
After the conclusion of the Vizag Test, England captain Ben Stokes moved to fourth place in the all-rounder rankings and India's spinner Axar Patel occupied the fifth position.
Talking about the ODI bowler rankings, Australian spinner Adam Zampa is at the third position, South African spinner Keshav Maharaj is at the top and Josh Hazlewood is at the second position.
Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam has retained his top position along with Indian trio Shubman Gill (2), Virat Kohli (3) and Rohit Sharma (4).
with ANI input
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