R Ashwin’s Response as Jasprit Bumrah Overtakes Him as No. 1 Test Bowler

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Ravichandran Ashwin has praised Jasprit Bumrah for his “Himalayan feat” in the second Test against England, where India secured a 106-run victory in Visakhapatnam. Bumrah’s exceptional display of ‘Boomball’ earned him the ‘Player of the Match’ award and propelled him to the number-one spot in the Test bowling rankings, surpassing Ashwin. Ashwin commended Bumrah’s remarkable achievement, referring to it as a ‘Himalayan feat’ on his YouTube channel.

Ashwin also took the opportunity to appreciate young batsman Shubman Gill, who broke his fifty-plus drought with a century in the second Test, silencing critics questioning his batting prowess. Reflecting on the closely contested fourth day of the Test, Ashwin highlighted the team’s extraordinary vibe, energy, and performance that ultimately led them to level the series. Looking ahead to the third Test scheduled to start from February 15 in Rajkot, Ashwin teased the prospect of veteran Cheteshwar Pujara hosting the team for dinner. Pujara, who recently completed his 100 Test matches, has been in excellent form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, accumulating 648 runs in six matches at an average of 81.00.

Notably, Pujara’s stellar run in the Ranji Trophy has positioned him as the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament.