Kagiso Rabada becomes highest-ranked bowler in latest ICC Test rankings
After serving South Africa beat India by 72 runs in the opening Test of the ongoing series, Kagiso Rabada rose to the top of the bowling charts in the latest ICC Test rankings. He replaced James Anderson at the top, having claimed five wickets in the first game at Cape Town.
“It’s special to be ranked as the No.1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It’s what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game,” Rabada said.
“Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I’m thankful for the support from my teammates. It’s a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully, we can continue putting in winning performances,” he added.
Virat Kohli dropped one point after failing to fire in both the innings, slipping to the third spot in the batting rankings. England’s Joe Root, who led his side through a horrendous Ashes tour, had something to cheer for, as he gained two places to be ranked second, next to Australian skipper Steve Smith.
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara suffered a two-place drop to reach the fifth spot, whereas AB de Villiers gained five points on making his Test comeback, and is now placed 13th.
Here are the complete rankings:
BOWLERS (top 10)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating
1 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 888! 21.96 888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018
2 (-1) James Anderson Eng 887 27.40 896 v Win at Lord’s 2017
3 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 861 23.73 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 830 25.35 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
5 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 814 25.77 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
6 (+6) Vernon Philander SA 806 21.68 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
7 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 799 28.04 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ 784 27.87 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
9 ( – ) Nathan Lyon Aus 769 31.64 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
10 (-1) Mitchell Starc Aus 769 27.73 805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016
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