Jasprit Bumrah becomes first Indian pacer to achieve No.1 spot in ICC Test bowling rankings

Bumrah achieved this feat on the back of his nine-wicket haul in the Vizag Test against England.

Jasprit Bumrah | GettyIndia’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the top of the Test bowling rankings for the first time in his career.

Bumrah achieved this feat on the back of his nine-wicket haul in the second Test match against England in Vizag. Thanks to his heroics, India registered a series-equalling 106-run victory.

Bumrah’s match figures of 9/91 made him the first fast bowler from India to claim top spot in the ICC Men’s Test rankings for bowlers.

Bumrah’s Player of the Match performance saw him climb three places on the latest Test rankings for bowlers. He displaced teammate Ravichandran Ashwin from the pole position.

Ashwin, who has held the numero uno spot since March last year, took only three wickets in the Vizag Test and dropped two places to third on the updated rankings for Test bowlers.

South Africa’s ace pacer Kagiso Rabada maintaining his place in second despite sitting out the Proteas' Test series in New Zealand.

Bumrah is just the fourth player from India to top the bowling charts, with Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bishan Bedi being the other to reach the summit previously.

India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal also rewarded for his magnificent double hundred during the first innings of the Vizag Test against England.

Jaiswal’s career-best 209 saw him climbing 37 slots to 29th on the latest rankings for Test batters, with New Zealand veteran Kane Williamson leading the chart.

Australia's Steve Smith re-claimed second place on the batter rankings as England's Joe Root dropped to third, while compatriot Zak Crawley improved eight spots to 22nd following two innings in the 70s against India.

Sri Lanka spinner Prabath Jayasuriya jumps three places to sixth on the Test bowling ranks following his eight-wicket match haul in the one-off Test against Afghanistan, while compatriot Asitha Fernando improves seven spots to 34th after six scalps from the same match.

England's Ben Stokes (fourth) and India's Akshar Patel (fifth) jump one place on the list for Test all-rounders following the Vizag Test.

(With ICC Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 07 Feb, 2024

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