South Africa’s fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has moved up to number 1 bowler in the world in the ICC test rankings, following South Africa’s 72 run victory over India in the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Monday.
The 22-year-old Rabada moved past England’s Jimmy Anderson, who dropped five ranking points after the defeat to Australia in the final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Rabada claimed 3/34 and 2/41 in the thrilling opening Test of the series, which saw South Africa produce a sensational comeback on Monday after being bowled out for just 130 in their second innings.
It’s special to be ranked as the number-one 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 in an ICC statement on Tuesday.
“Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I’m thankful for the support from my team mates. It’s a great start to the year personally and for us as a team. Hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances.”