ICC Test Rankings: Jasprit Bumrah moves to 9th position in bowlers’ ranking after impressive performance at Oval

ICC Test Rankings: Jasprit Bumrah moves to 9th position in bowlers' ranking after impressive performance at Oval
ICC Test Rankings: Jasprit Bumrah moves to 9th position in bowlers' ranking after impressive performance at Oval

ICC Test Rankings: Jasprit Bumrah moves to 9th position in bowlers’ ranking after impressive performance at Oval – Team India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah improved his position in ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Bumrah, who was ranked 10th in the rankings jumped above West Indies’ Jason Holder to attend 9th spot after an impressive performance in the fourth Test against England here at the Kennington Oval, London. International Cricket Council revealed the rankings on Wednesday. 

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In the record books, Jasprit Bumrah’s figures of 2/27 at the Oval will look unremarkable. In reality, his performance was one of the most eye-catching of a series that has not been short of standout displays.

On a pitch that was offering little to the seamers in terms of movement, the match looked destined for a draw as England reached lunch on the final day at 131/2, with Haseeb Hameed well set on 62 and the series’ outstanding batter Joe Root looking comfortable.

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To that point Team India’s attack had bowled with discipline, turning the screws and asking the right questions only to be met with the correct answers by a determined England top order. Shardul Thakur had provided an early breakthrough when he struck in the eighth over of the day to remove Rory Burns but there was little encouragement for the tourists in the first session, with the run out of Dawid Malan a surprise bonus.

At the same time, just 54 runs came for England in the first session leaving their hopes of victory close to extinguished – 237 runs from the final two sessions was always going to prove difficult -and India had an ace up their sleeve.

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Bumrah also clinched his 100th wicket in this Test to become the fastest Indian speedster to achieve the milestone. Bumrah broke former Indian skipper Kapil Dev’s record. Kapil Dev had taken 25 Tests to reach 100 wickets while Bumrah achieved the milestone in his 24th game.

Bumrah has been nominated by ICC for the player of the month award alongside Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan and England captain Joe Root.