Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kagiso Rabada replaces James Anderson as world's best Test bowler

Kagiso Rabada replaces James Anderson as world's best Test bowler

Earlier Jimmy Anderson was at 1st rank but he was dropped by 5 points following the last Ashes test.

India captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara have slipped in the latest Test rankings following their 72-run defeat against South Africa in the series opener in Cape Town.

The world's top test bowler Kagiso Rabada says it is his ambition to open the bowling for South Africa, but he will likely have to wait for his chance ahead of the second test against India starting in Pretoria on Saturday.

Apart from Kohli and Pujara, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma also lost ground.

South Africa's Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de Villiers has risen five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sights. Vijay was 30th after dropping five places, while Dhawan occupied the 33rd spot.


With just 24 Test caps to his name, Kagiso Rabada has already achieved "what I always wanted", in becoming Test cricket's top-ranked bowler, but he has promised there is much more to come.

The 22-year-old leapfrogged England's James Anderson to top the ICC Rankings for Test bowlers and became the seventh South African to occupy the top spot. It is a surreal feeling. "Now, I just want to keep performing and winning games for the team and to keep getting better and better", Rabada said. "It feels great to be playing alongside these veterans", Rabada told reporters on Wednesday.

This list is scattered with some of the finest players to have played the game - fast bowlers and otherwise.

Apart from that his teammate Philander has also improved his rankings from 12th to 6th position after the 1st test match against India in which he took 9 wickets for 75 runs and for that he earned 67 points and also he was given "Player of the Match" award. His younger brother Mitchell has been rewarded for his 101 with a leap of eight places that has put him in 57th position.

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