Hours after achieving this milestone, Bumrah took to Instagram to express his disappointment at the discourse surrounding him during his injury struggles.
Before his break due to back injury, Bumrah’s stellar performance in July 2022, where he captained India against England and picked up the Player of the Series award with 23 wickets in 5 Tests, showcased his prowess.
However, subsequent injuries sidelined him from crucial events such as the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup, Border Gavaskar Trophy, IPL and the World Test Championship final in 2023, leading to back surgery in March this year.
Bumrah’s determination and hard work paid off as he pulled off a remarkable comeback, leading India in the 3-match T20I series against Ireland in August 2023, and then emerging as the fourth highest wicket-taker in the 2023 ODI World Cup. .
His stellar performances continued in white during the two-match Test series against South Africa, where he was named Player of the Series, marking a memorable return to red-ball cricket after a 17-month hiatus.
Bumrah’s rise to the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings is attributed to his outstanding performance in the second Test against England in Vizag, where he posted match figures of 9/91, earning him the Player of the Game.
This achievement allows you to surpass your teammate. Ravichandran Ashwin to claim the number one spot, making him the first Indian fast bowler to achieve this feat.
Despite facing criticism and doubts during his injury phase, Bumrah’s resilience and determination have solidified his position as one of the best in the world.
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