Jasprit Bumrah has achieved the distinction of being the first Indian quick to secure the top spot in Test rankings.
Jasprit Bumrah has etched his name in cricket history by becoming the first fast bowler from India to claim the number one spot in the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings, ascending three places to dethrone his compatriot R Ashwin. This achievement marks a significant milestone in Jasprit Bumrah career, surpassing his previous best ranking of third. The record for the highest ranking by an Indian fast bowler was previously held by Kapil Dev, who reached the second position between December 1979 and February 1980. Zaheer Khan is another notable Indian quick who reached the third spot in the rankings in October-November 2010.
Jasprit Bumrah remarkable performance came during the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam, where he played a pivotal role in securing India’s victory, leveling the series 1-1. His impressive match haul of 9 wickets for 91 runs included a spellbinding first innings where he claimed six wickets, marking his tenth five-wicket haul in just his 34th Test match. This performance also saw him become the fastest Indian bowler to reach 150 Test wickets. Bumrah showcased his skill with a masterful display of two-way reverse swing, notably dismissing Joe Root and Ollie Pope with his devastating deliveries, contributing significantly to India’s commanding first-innings lead of 143 runs.
In the second innings, Bumrah continued to trouble the English batsmen, taking 3 wickets for 46 runs, including a crucial caught-and-bowled dismissal of Ben Foakes with a cunning slower off cutter. His efforts throughout the match positioned him as the leading wicket-taker in the series, with a total of 15 wickets at an average of 10.67. His contributions were critical in both matches, including the first Test in Hyderabad where India faced a narrow defeat.
On the batting front, Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal made significant strides in the Test batting rankings, climbing 37 places to reach the 29th position following his outstanding double century of 209 in Visakhapatnam. This innings not only highlighted his potential but also contributed to India’s strong position in the match. England’s Zak Crawley also had a notable performance in the same Test, scoring 76 and 73, which helped him move up eight spots to the 22nd position in the rankings.
Meanwhile, the top position among Test batters continues to be held by Kane Williamson, following his twin centuries in the first Test against South Africa in Mount Maunganui. Williamson’s consistent performances have kept him at the pinnacle of the batting rankings, underscoring his status as one of the premier batsmen in the Test format.
Jasprit Bumrah ascent to the top of the ICC’s Test bowlers’ rankings not only marks a personal triumph but also signifies the growing prowess of Indian fast bowling on the international stage. His achievements, along with the notable performances of his teammates, reflect the depth and talent present in Indian cricket, setting the stage for exciting prospects in future Test series.