World number one bowler in ODI, India's Jaspreet Bumrah has said that it is a matter of pride for him to be on top in the rankings and he would like to retain this place in the upcoming Asia Cup. Bumrah will retain its top position in the Asia Cup, which starts from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Apart from them, many other players will try to improve their ranking. Bumrah is now 20 points ahead of leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan.
"It is a matter of pride for me to be on top in the ICC rankings," the ICC quoted Bumrah, said. In the tournament we will play against some top players. I know the situations can be challenging but I hope to do my best. "
The Asia Cup starts between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the match played in Dubai on Saturday. In the tournament, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are placed in Group-A whereas Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are placed in Group-B. The top two teams from each group will confirm their position in the Super Four. Bumrah said, "This tournament is going to be very important for me and I am ready to do my best here."
Apart from Bumrah, Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali also has an opportunity to improve his ranking. Hassan will move up two places to try to reach number one in the bowling rankings. In the rankings of batsmen, Pakistani batsman Babar Azam can benefit from not playing in Indian captain Virat Kohli's tournament. Azam's efforts will be to reduce the difference between Kohli and myself.