Indian cricket’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah has scaled the summit of the ICC Men’s Test bowling rankings, making history as the first-ever player to achieve the top position across all three formats of the game.
Bumrah’s stellar performance in the second match of the Pataudi Trophy against England in Vishakhapatnam propelled him to the top spot of Test cricket’s bowling hierarchy.
His remarkable nine-wicket haul, comprising six scalps in the first innings and three crucial dismissals in the second, proved instrumental in India’s resounding victory over England, levelling the five-match series 1-1.
The 28-year-old speedster’s dominant display not only showcased his exceptional quick bowling but also earned him crucial rating points, consolidating his position at the top of the rankings.
With a current rating of 881 points, Bumrah has reached the zenith of his six-year-long Test career, reaffirming his status as one of the most formidable bowlers in international cricket.
Bumrah’s ascendancy has seen him surpass veteran South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, who now occupies the second position with 851 rating points.
Meanwhile, the rise of Bumrah has resulted in the descent of Ravichandran Ashwin, who has slipped two places to number three on the list.
In addition to Bumrah’s historic achievement, young Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has made significant strides in the batting rankings, catapulting 37 places to number 29 following his sensational double century in the Visakhapatnam Test.
Similarly, English opener Zak Crawley has climbed eight spots to number 22, courtesy of his valiant performances in the same encounter.
As the cricketing world celebrates Bumrah’s remarkable feat, the third Test against the Three Lions loom in the horizon, needing India to go one up in the five-match series at Rajkot, starting February 15.