The 22-year-old Kagiso Rabada becomes the youngest No 1-ranked bowler since Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998, and he replaces another South African star in leg-spinner Imran Tahir at the top, with the latter in second.
South Africa have received a major boost ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017 with pace bowler Kagiso Rabada moving up four places to take the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.
Top-ranked South Africa lost its three-match series to England 2-1 but former ICC U19 World Cup star Rabada’s haul of four for 39 in the final match at Lord’s on Monday helped him get seven wickets.
The top three batsmen AB de Villiers, David Warner and Virat Kohli are separated by just 22 points while only 23 points separate the top three bowlers – Rabada, Tahir and Mitchell Starc.
South Africa, India and England have four batsmen each inside the top 20 with New Zealand (three), Australia and Pakistan (two each) also having significant presence.
The top five ODI teams are close to each other with South Africa (122), Australia (118), India (117), New Zealand (114) and England (112) all having a lot to play in the eight-team tournament.