Jasprit Bumrah was the first Indian fast bowler to reach the top ranking in Test cricket.
In the ICC’s most recent Test rankings, which were released on Wednesday, February 7, star Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah made history by becoming the first pacer from India to be ranked #1 in the world. After taking nine wickets in a match against England in Visakhapatnam to win the match, the speedster moved up three spots and ousted teammate Ravichandran Ashwin from the top rank.
The right-arm pacer joined Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Bishan Singh Bedi as the fourth Indian bowler to accomplish the feat. The fast bowler Bumrah became the first person in cricket history to reach the top rank in the longest format, and the entire cricket community hailed him on his historic achievement. The 30-year-old, however, offered a fairly surprising perspective on his rise to the top of the bowling rankings when he posted a mysterious narrative on Instagram.
Bumrah posted a picture of two different worlds: the first half included empty seats, symbolizing the support he received during his difficult time, and the second half was crowded with people in celebration of his incredible achievement.
Notably, on August 18, 2023, a cricketer from Ahmedabad returned to the Indian squad after an absence of over 11 months. Prior to the T20 World Cup 2022, Bumrah experienced a stress fracture, which prevented him from participating in the major competition. Additionally, he was ineligible for the finals of the Asia Cup 2022 and the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023, as India ultimately lost all three competitions.
Bumrah faced a lot of criticism on social media while he was off the team, with some doubting his dedication to playing for the national team. But ever since making a comeback, the speedster has silenced his detractors with outstanding performances across all three platforms.
In the second test, Bumrah recorded his second-best career numbers.
Bumrah has taken 27 wickets in seven innings of Test cricket since his return, hitting an amazing average of 11.66 and recording two five-wicket hauls. He has taken 28 wickets from 16 innings in ODIs at an economy of 4.40 and an average of 20.28. Furthermore, the speedster claimed four wickets at an economy of 4.87 and an average of 9.75 in the two Twenty20 Internationals he played after returning.
at the second Test at Visakhapatnam, he bowled 9/91 against England, which was his second-best career total. In the third Test between India and England, which gets underway at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on February 15, Bumrah is expected to maintain his outstanding form.