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Bumrah, Holder storm up the rankings into top five

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Jasprit Bumrah continued his impressive rise up the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, reaching No.3, while Jason Holder joined him just behind at No.4 after the West Indies v India Test series.

Bumrah, who earlier in the series became the fastest Indian to 50 Test wickets, has had an exceptional time in red-ball cricket since his debut in early 2018, racing to 62 wickets in just 12 matches.

In a Player-of-the-Series performance in the two Tests in Antigua and Jamaica, he finished with 13 wickets at 9.23. That included figures of 5/7 in the first Test and a hat-trick in the first innings at Sabina Park as India won 2-0. Already a versatile bowler, his ability to tease batsmen with both in-swing and out-swing at pace proved the undoing of West Indies, leading his captain Virat Kohli to laud him as "the most complete bowler in world cricket".Β 

Bumrah, who is No.1 on the ODI bowling charts, reached for the top echelons in the Test bowling rankings as well, rising four places to No.3, with a career-best 835 rating points. He is now only behind Australia's Pat Cummins and South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.

Holder's team were consigned to defeat by the leading Test side, but that was no reflection on the abilities of the West Indies captain. Already No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for All-Rounders, Holder strengthened his position at the top with a career-best 472 rating points.

He also rose seven places to 814 points on the bowling chart, joining England's James Anderson in fourth position. Holder picked up six wickets in the second Test, including 5/77 in the first innings.

Also having something to cheer about was Holder's fast-bowling colleague Kemar Roach. The pacer climbed one place to No.14 among all-rounders, with a career-best 184 rating points. Although he slipped one place to No.9 among bowlers, he reached career-best rating points. Β 

Speaking after the Test, Holder was all praise for his pace attack. "I just said to [Roach] in the dressing room that he is one of my motivating factors," Holder said. "To see the effort he comes and gives, it really pushes me. I know Shannon [Gabriel] went off in this game and we had Miguel Cummins go off in the last game. It wasn't the ideal situation for us fast bowlers. We have been on the field every single day except this day in this series.

Jason Holder took eight wickets in the two Tests against India
Jason Holder took eight wickets in the two Tests against India

"It's been a situation where there's a heavy weight on the fast bowlers, but every single time we call on Kemar, every single time we call on Shannon, they have never said no. For me, that's motivation enough."

Among other movers in the chart were India's pair of Mohammed Shami (up one to No.18) and Ishant Sharma (up one to No.20).

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