Jasprit Bumrah becomes first Indian fast bowler to be ranked No. 1 in Tests.

Jasprit Bumrah becomes first Indian fast bowler to be ranked No. 1 in Tests.

The first quick player from India to win the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings is Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, who moved up three spots to take the top spot, takes R Ashwin’s place on the team. His best position prior to this was No. 3.

The greatest ranking previously attained by an Indian fast bowler was held by Kapil Dev, who was at No. 2 on the retroactive Test bowlers’ table between December 1979 and February 1980. In October and November of 2010, Zaheer Khan held the No. 3 position in addition to Bumrah.

With a stretch of two-way reverse swing, he put India ahead, first getting Joe Root to edge to slip and then destroying Ollie Pope with a searing inswinging yorker that took off both the middle and leg stumps. Afterwards, he removed Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, giving India a 143-run advantage in the first innings.

In the second innings, Bumrah contributed as well, going 3 for 46. Bumrah caught and bowled Ben Foakes, foxing him with a slower offcutter, as he and Tom Hartley threatened to save England in their pursuit of 399.

With 15 strikes at 10.67, Bumrah is presently the series’ top wicket-taker. In the first Test match in Hyderabad, which India lost by 28 runs, he took six wickets.

Amidst the Test bats, Yashasvi Jaiswal, the opener for India, too made significant progress. Jaiswal had a career-best hit of 209 in Visakhapatnam, which propelled him up 37 spots to No. 29. With Test scores of 76 and 73, his England colleague Zak Crawley also had a strong performance, moving up eight ranks to No. 22.

With two centuries in the first Test match against South Africa at Mount Maunganui, Kane Williamson remains the leading Test batsman.

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