‘Limitless’ Jasprit Bumrah Shatters Ceiling, This Time With Yorker To Entire Cricket World

Feb 8, 2024

'Mentalism monster' Jasprit Bumrah reached new heights in world cricket as he regained the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Bumrah took the top spot by defeating his own teammate Ravichandran Ashwin. In the process, the marquee pacer also became the first bowler in the history of the game to claim the No. 1 spot in all three formats of the game at some point in his career. While a total of three players have done this in the ranking of batsmen, no bowler before Bumrah had managed to do so.

Cricket is not just a world of batsmen

In the modern game cricket has become a batsman's world, in the age of entertainment on-field restrictions have become more complex and bowlers are being penalized for small mistakes. But, even in a game where batsmen often grab the headlines, Bumrah has achieved a milestone by being the infiltrator that no bowler has ever been able to achieve before.

From India, Virat Kohli is the only batsman to have previously claimed the No. 1 spot in the ICC rankings in all three formats. The other two batsmen to do so are Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting, both from Australia. In fact, Ponting is the only player to top the ranking charts simultaneously in all three formats.

But, what makes Bumrah special is that no bowler has even come close to performing as brilliantly as Bumrah did in all three formats of the game. Although one can argue that players like Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis etc. did not get a chance to play in the T20 era, but at a time when the demands of cricket have increased so much, what Bumrah is doing, it is his Shows the level of work. Try to become this versatile in yourself.

As soon as Bumrah reached the top of the ICC Test rankings, the entire cricket world was in awe, even those who had been criticizing him for some time. The experienced fast bowler himself expressed his feelings on this matter.

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Jasprit Bumrah reaches number 1 position in ICC Test rankings

The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the latest Test rankings, with Bumrah joining the elite list after producing stunning figures of 9/91 during India's series-levelling win in the second Test in Vizag.

Bumrah was at number three. He finished third before the match started and moved to the top of the rankings, overtaking Ravichandran Ashwin, who had held the top spot since March last year.

Before reaching the pinnacle, 30-year-old Bumrah had never managed to claim the No. 2 spot in the Test ranking charts, thanks to India's spin-dominant pitches. But, recently he took 5 wickets twice.

Those came in Pfeiffer 2024, the first coming against South Africa in Cape Town in January, where he claimed 6/61 and the second in Vizag when he took figures of 6/45 in his most recent appearance against England.

Jasprit Bumrah, truly Asim

Whenever any Test match is talked about in India, the chances of the bowlers emerging as top wicket takers are slim to none. By taking 9 wickets in the Vizag Test, Bumrah not only finished the match as the highest wicket-taker but also won the Player of the Match award.

Due to his heroics, the star pacer became the first fast bowler from the country to become the No. 1 Test bowler in the world. When it comes to spinners, players like R Ashwin, Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble have achieved this feat before.

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