Bumrah claims No.1 spot in ODI rankings

Dubai, July 13 (Agency) India pacer Jaspit Bumrah claimed the top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI player rankings after his match-winning spell of 6/19 in the opening match of the three-game ODI series against England at The Oval. As per the latest set of rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday, Bumrah jumped an amazing five spots to claim top billing in the 50-over game replacing New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. India quick was at his brilliant best against Jos Buttler’s side on Tuesday as he used the new ball expertly to rip through England’s world-class top-order, before returning later in the innings to finish the demolition.

He is one of only three bowlers to be ranked in the top 10 for Tests and ODI cricket and earlier this month made history when he was at the crease when England quick Stuart Broad conceded a world record 35 runs in one over of a Test match.Kiwi pacer Boult dropped to second followed by Pakistan fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi (third), Australia seamer Josh Hazelwood (fourth) and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (fifth) rounding out the top five.

Bumrah’s new-ball partner Mohammed Shami also made a jump up the rankings for bowlers, with the pacer rising three places to equal 23rd on the back of his three-wicket haul against England.Skipper Rohit Sharma top-scored for India on Tuesday match with an unbeaten 76, but he remained in fourth place on the rankings for batters. Shikhar Dhawan also moved up one spot to equal 12th in the batting chart.