India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has lost his number one rankings in ODIs, the ICC confirmed on Wednesday in its latest ICC ODI Rankings. Jasprit Bumrah dropped down in the rankings in the wake of his poor returns with the ball in the just-concluded three-match series against New Zealand.
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The right-arm pacer’s struggle to pick wickets continued in the series as he could not pick a single wicket in three games. His struggle was one of the reasons why India lost the series. The Men in Blue could not defend scores like 347 and 296 as they suffered a whitewash.
Jasprit Bumrah has struggled for wickets since returning from his back injury last month. In the last month’s ODI series against Australia too, he was not among the wickets. The star pacer had managed to pick up only one wicket in three outings. New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who has not played an ODI since the World Cup final in July last year, has replaced Bumrah at the top of the ICC ODI Rankings.
Boult now leads his India counterpart by eight rating points. Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Australia’s Pat Cummins complete the top five. No other Indian bowler features in the top ten of the ICC ODI Rankings.
Unlike Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli has managed to retain his top spot in the batsmen’s rankings despite a poor series. He is followed by his deputy Rohit Sharma who did not play the series due to a calf injury. Meanwhile, India will be looking to bounce back from the drubbing in ODIs when they take on New Zealand in the two-match Test series, starting on February 21. All eyes will be on Jasprit Bumrah again as the pacer will be playing his first Test since the tour of West Indies last year.