ICC Test rankings: Jasprit Bumrah rises to No. 3 with career-best rating points

first_imgIndia pacer Jasprit Bumrah rose 4 spots to No. 3 in ICC rankings for Test bowlers after a series-winning performance in India’s World Test Championship campaign in West Indies.Jasprit Bumrah has achieved a career-best rating points of 835 and is only behind South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (851 points) and Australia’s Pat Cummins (908 points).Meanwhile, West Indies captain Jason Holder not only consolidated his spot at the top of the ICC Test all-rounder’s rankings but rose 7 spots to join James Anderson at No.4 in the bowler’s charts.Jasprit Bumrah topped the bowler’s charts in the 2-Test series against West Indies, picking up 13 wickets to help India complete their first-ever whitewash against the Caribbeans. Bumrah also became only the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to pick up a Test hat-trick when he achieved the feat in the recently-concluded 2nd Test in Kingston, Jamaica.Jasprit Bumrah breathed fire as he turned out to be West Indies batsmen’s worst nightmare in the 2-Test series. In the first Test in Antigua, Bumrah picked up 5 wickets, conceding just 7 runs. West Indies were shot out for 100 in the 2nd innings as Bumrah rattled the stumps with alarming regularity.In the second Test, Bumrah picked up a hat-trick in the first innings and finished with figures of 6/27.Bumrah came up with a masterclass in swing bowling as he troubled the West Indies batsmen by moving the ball both ways at will. While he broke into the scene as a pace bowler who could tail the ball into the right-hander, Bumrah showed he is improving with every passing day by mastering out-swing in the Caribbean.advertisementBumrah troubled left-handers and right-handers alike with some unplayable out-swingers that left the crickter fraternity awestruck.Speaking after India’s 2nd Test win on Monday, captain Virat Kohli said he feels for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah and called the India pacer the “most complete bowler” in world cricket at the moment.When Bumrah gets momentum, you know what he can do in 5-6 overs with the new ball. I have not seen many more spells lethal than that.”As a batsman, fielding at the slip, you can feel for the batsmen who are playing him because he confuses you with angle, swing. You know he will set you up for out-swingers and then bowl in-swingers. It’s coming at pace and then he can hit you with bouncers as well.”I think he is the most complete bowler in world cricket right now.”ICC Test Bowling Rankings (As of September 3, 2019)1. Pat Cummins2. Kagiso Rabada3. Jasprit Bumrah4. Jason Holder4. James Anderson6. Vernon Philander7. Trent Boult8. Neil Wagner9. Kemar Roach10. Mohammad AbbasAlso Read | Steve Smith edges past Virat Kohli to become No.1 Test batsmanAlso See:last_img read more

Buyers return to North American markets after two days of sharp losses

TORONTO — Investors made a cautious return to the Toronto stock market Thursday after two volatile days that saw Canada’s main index lose more than 345 points.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 64.93 points at 15,088.82, making up at least some of the triple-digit losses of the last two days. The loonie was down 0.55 of a U.S. cent at 82.51 cents.The TSX lost 150.05 points Wednesday, led by energy stocks, as investors weighed the potential impacts of the NDP’s majority win in the Alberta election. The party had campaigned on promises to raise corporate tax rates and review the province’s royalty regime.Investors said they were concerned that Canada’s oilpatch, already struggling with low crude prices, could be forced to bear a higher tax burden.Luciano Orengo, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management, says the election results are still weighing on the Toronto stock market.“I don’t think it’s a one-day effect,” Orengo said. “The brunt of it took place yesterday. There’s a bit of a spillover today. But then, added to that, you are getting some pressure because of the lower commodity prices.”The June crude oil contract was down $1.99 at US$58.94 a barrel as traders worried about how much oil Iran could produce if sanctions are lifted. The Iranian oil minister said the that if a deal is struck over its nuclear program, Iran could boost oil production to four million barrels a day in under a year, adding to the glut of global supply that has left crude prices under pressure.The June gold contract fell $8.10 to US$1,182.20 an ounce.Meanwhile, better-than-expected weekly jobless claims data, which showed that layoffs remain at 15-year lows, helped New York markets also make up some of the ground lost over the previous two sessions.At least some of the losses south of the border Wednesday were linked to remarks by Federal Reserve Board chairwoman Janet Yellen, who said U.S. valuations were generally “quite high.”The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82.08 points to close at 17,924.06, the Nasdaq advanced 25.90 to 4,945.54 and the S&P 500 was ahead 7.85 points at 2,088.00.Traders are looking forward to Friday’s non-farm payrolls report, which could help the U.S. Federal Reserve determine when to start hiking interest rates.Shares of Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) surged more than 13 per cent to close at $83.21, after the Canadian auto parts maker reported sales and earnings hit record levels in the first quarter.Magna International (TSX:MG) was up nearly five per cent to $66.78. The auto parts manufacturer reported quarterly results that surpassed analyst estimates, helped by strong demand from south of the border.And shares of Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) surged 6.72 per cent to close at $2.54 after the company announced plans to set up its rail division as a separate, publicly traded company. Bombardier will retain majority ownership. read more