Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has taken to social media to share a positive update on his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained during the first Test match against England. The injury forced him to miss the second match, which India won convincingly in Visakhapatnam. As the ongoing five-match series is currently tied at 1-1, Jadeja’s potential return for the remaining three Tests would be a significant boost for the Indian team. He posted a picture from the National Cricket Academy with the caption, “Getting better #NCA.
Meanwhile, another standout performer for India, Jasprit Bumrah, has achieved a historic feat by becoming the first Indian pacer to claim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. Bumrah’s exceptional nine-wicket performance in the match against England in Visakhapatnam propelled him past the likes of Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, and Ravichandran Ashwin.
This accomplishment makes him only the fourth Indian bowler to attain the number one position, joining the ranks of Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bishan Singh Bedi.
Bumrah’s stellar display, which earned him the Player of the Match award and contributed to India’s series-leveling 106-run victory, also marked the end of Ashwin’s 11-month reign as the top-ranked bowler. Ashwin, currently on 499 Test wickets, now occupies the third position in the rankings with 904 rating points, while Jadeja holds the second position with 899 rating points. Both Ashwin and Jadeja had previously shared the top spot in March 2017.
Shifting the focus to batting performances, Yashasvi Jaiswal, the left-handed opener, has made significant progress in the rankings, jumping 37 places to 29th. This ascent follows his impressive double-century in the first innings. Additionally, Shubman Gill has climbed 14 spots to achieve a career-best 38th position after scoring a century in the second innings. These developments reflect the dynamic shifts in the ICC rankings, showcasing the individual achievements of Indian players across different facets of the game.