India’s limited-overs pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan’s teenage spin wizard Rashid Khan are the new joint top ranked ODI bowlers in the world, as per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Jasprit Bumrah became No. 1 in ICC ODI rankings after ODI series against South Africa
Before the ODI leg of the South Africa series, Jasprit Bumrah was the third-highest ranked bowler in the world and has moved up two spots to the Number 1 position after he took eight wickets against the Proteas, which game him a total of 787 points and put him on joint top, with Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
Jasprit Bumrah, who made his debut only as recently as 2016 has quickly established himself as a consistent limited-overs performer for India, picking up 39 wickets in 23 ODIs in the year 2017. Rashid, meanwhile, became the youngest No.1 ODI bowler in history. The Afghanistan leg-spinner, 19, has 86 wickets from 37 ODIs – more than any other bowler in history after those many matches.
The ICC released a statement on Tuesday which confirmed the latest developments in the rankings table. “Rashid has joined Bumrah at the top with 16 wickets, in the series against Zimbabwe which Afghanistan won 4-1, to become the youngest to attain top ranking,” the press release read.
The Afghan spin wizard became the talk of the town when he finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the World T20 in 2016, where he picked up 11 wickets in 7 matches at an average of less than 17. The 19-year-old also gave an impressive account of himself in his debut campaigns in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), which made him one of the most sought after T20 bowlers in the world.
India’s Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, is a quintessential IPL find and owes his international fame and reckoning to consistent bowling displays for Mumbai Indians in the league. The Gujarat bowler made his debut on India’s tour to Australia in 2016 and has been a regular member of the side ever since. The death-overs specialist also made his Test debut on the tour of South Africa where he picked up 14 wickets including a 5-wicket haul.
Fun fact – Bumrah and Rashid, joint No.1 ranked ODI bowlers, have both played 37 ODIs in their respective careers, so far.