Kagiso Rabada is the new No.1 Test bowler in ICC Rankings

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada

South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has stormed to the pole position of the ICC Rankings for the Test bowlers after he played a clinical role in winning the first Test against India at Newlands, Capetown.

Rabada has displaced the previous topper, James Anderson, who had a paltry outing in the Ashes series where his side suffered a hammering of 4-0 by Australia. Anderson’s rating went down by 10 points and as a result, he is now 2nd in the ranking.

Delighted with the No.1 rank, Kagiso Rabada said, “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.”

“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.

Vernon Philander, who bagged 9 wickets at Newlands that included a match-winning 6-wicket haul in the 2nd innings, has helped him break into the top 10 as he has jumped from 12th to the 6th slot. India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the other who has gained from his impressive performance as he rose to his career-best 22nd slot.

When it comes to the batsmen, England’s skipper Joe Root has attained the 2nd rank behind Steve Smith who remains at the top. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was earlier positioned at No.3 has now dropped to 5. Hashim Amla has dropped 3 places and is now placed at 10th as opposed to the previous No.7.

ICC Test Teams’ Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 40 4,969 124
2  South Africa 35 3,888 111
3  Australia 40 4,174 104
4  New Zealand 35 3,489 100
5  England 49 4,829 99
6  Sri Lanka 43 4,058 94
7  Pakistan 34 2,988 88
8  West Indies 36 2,606 72
9  Bangladesh 23 1,651 72
10  Zimbabwe 14 12 1

ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Steve Smith Australia 947
2 Joe Root England 881
3 Virat Kohli India 880
4 Kane Williamson New Zealand 855
5 Cheteshwar Pujara India 848
6 David Warner Australia 827
7 Azhar Ali Pakistan 755
8 Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka 743
9 Alastair Cook England 742
10 Hashim Amla South Africa 740

ICC Test Bowlers’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 888
2 James Anderson England 887
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 861
4 Ravichandran Ashwin India 830
5 Josh Hazlewood Australia 814
6 Vernon Philander South Africa 806
7 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 799
8 Neil Wagner New Zealand 784
9 Mitchell Starc Australia 769
9 Nathan Lyon Australia 769

ICC Test All-Rounders’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 438
2 Ravindra Jadeja India 406
3 Ravichandran Ashwin India 385
4 Ben Stokes England 358
5 Vernon Philander South Africa 331
6 Moeen Ali England 297
7 Mitchell Starc Australia 291
8 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 216
9 Jason Holder Windies 208
10 Dilruwan Perera Sri Lanka 206


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