The South African spearhead Kagiso Rabada has leapfrogged England’s James Anderson from the pinnacle of the ICC Test rankings. Rabada had a fantastic second Test match against Australia at Port Elizabeth where he scalped 11 wickets while giving away only 150 runs.
Rabada was able to rip past the Australian batting line-up in both the innings of the Test match. The Proteas fast bowler was able to get a fifer in the first innings and backed his performance with six wickets in the second innings.
Rabada bowled with a lot of fire in the second Test match.
Rabada was able to get to 902 rating points (which are his career-best rating) with the help of his sublime Man of the match performance which helped South Africa in levelling the four-Test match series 1-1. James Anderson moved down to the second place in the latest rankings.
India’s premier Test spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have occupied the 3rd and 4th place respectively. Mitchell Starc who had risen to the career-best ranking of five after scalping 9 wickets in the first Test match slipped to the ninth place in the latest rankings.
South African talisman batsman AB de Villiers who scored a fine century in the first innings which helped the Proteas in taking the crucial lead has gained five places to move the 7th position in the rankings.
The International Cricket Council also announced the cash reward of USD 500,000 to the South African team as they would be able to hold their second position in the rankings until the April 3 cut-off date.
Steven Smith continues to be at the top of the ladder in the batsmen rankings followed by Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the second place. Joe Root, Kane Williamson and David Warner occupy the 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.