Kagiso Rabada is the new World No 1 bowler in Test cricket

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.”


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