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Kagiso Rabada becomes highest-ranked bowler in latest ICC Test rankings

The South African overtook James Anderson to reach the top spot in the bowling charts.

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09 Jan 2018, 16:14 IST
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Rabada replaced James Anderson at the top of the rankings.
Rabada replaced James Anderson at the top of the rankings

After helping 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:

Batsmen (Top-10)

Rank     (+/-)        Player                   Team    Points   Avge     Highest Rating

  1         ( - )         Steve Smith         Aus        947!      63.75    947 v Eng at Sydney 2018

  2         (+2)        Joe Root               Eng        881       53.28    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

  3         (-1)         Virat Kohli            Ind         880       53.01    895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

  4         ( - )         Kane Williamson NZ          855       50.62    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

  5         (-2)         C. Pujara              Ind         848       52.07    888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

  6         ( - )         David Warner      Aus        827       48.77    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

  7         (+2)        Azhar Ali               Pak        755       46.62    787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  8         (+2)        D. Chandimal      SL          743!      43.94    743 v Ind at Delhi 2017

  9         (-1)         Alastair Cook       Eng        742       46.35    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

 10       (-3)         Hashim Amla      SA          740       49.08    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

 

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

              (-1)         Mitchell Starc       Aus        769       27.73    805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016


All-rounders (Top-5)

Rank     (+/-)        Player                   Team    Points   Highest Rating

  1         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan Ban        438       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  2         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja Ind         406       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

  3         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         385       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

  4         ( - )         Ben Stokes          Eng        358 /*   396 v Win at Lord's 2017

  5         ( - )         Vernon Philander               SA          331       376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014


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