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Jasprit Bumrah becomes 1st India pacer to top ICC Test rankings

The seamer, who took nine wickets in the second Test match against England, replaced fellow Indian Ravichandran Ashwin who was pushed to the third position.

India’s stand-in captain for England Test in Edgbaston Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

ACE India cricketer Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday (7) became the first pacer from his country to top the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings following a stellar performance with the red ball in the second Test match against England in Visakhapatnam. He replaced compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, who was among the three spinners from India to top the charts, besides Ravindra Jadeja and the late Bishan Singh Bedi.

The 30-year-old took nine wickets in the game, including a six-fer in the first innings that saw the hosts defeating the Three Lions by 106 runs to level the five-match series 1-1. He also completed 150 wickets in the process. The performance also saw the Indian leapfrog the likes of Pat Cummins (Australia), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) and Ashwin, making him only the fourth from his country to attain No.1 position. Ashwin was at No.3 in the latest ratings with Rabada in the second spot.

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Bumrah, who was named the player of the match in the second Test, ended the 11-month reign of Ashwin, who is now one scalp away from 500 wickets in the long format. Bumrah now has 881 rating points with Ashwin (904) and Jadeja (899) as the only India bowlers to have aggregated more rating points.

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Ashwin and Jadeja also have the unique distinction of being jointly top-ranked in March 2017.

The batting rankings see left-handed opener Yashasvi Jaiswal progress 37 places to 29th after completing a fine double-century in the first innings while Shubman Gill went up 14 places to a career-best 38th after notching a century in the second innings.

England opener Zak Crawley is another player to gain after the Visakhapatnam Test, moving up eight places to a career-best 22nd position after scores of 76 and 73 in the game. Rookie England leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has moved up 14 places to 70th while Tom Hartley, who became just the second England player with at least 50 runs and five wickets in each of his first two Tests, has advanced in both lists – up from 103rd to 95th in the batting rankings and from 63rd to 53rd in the bowling rankings.

(With PTI inputs)

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