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Kagiso Rabada topples James Anderson to seize top spot in Test rankings

Kagiso Rabada Steven Smith South Africa vs Australia 2018
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The last few days for South African spearhead Kagiso Rabada might have been bittersweet on some levels. At first, he takes the Proteas towards a sensational victory in the Port Elizabeth Test match with his 11-wicket haul in the match. From there on, he faces a two-match ban which prohibits him from taking further part in the ongoing series.

According to the latest ICC Test Rankings, KG Rabada galloped towards the top spot amongst the bowlers to dethrone England’s, James Anderson. Rabada now has a career-best tally of 902 points to his name.

Kagiso Rabada Steven Smith South Africa vs Australia 2018

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In the first innings of the PE Test match, Rabada ripped apart the Australian middle order by clinching four wickets in seven balls.

The premiere fast bowler followed his five-wicket haul with another 6-for in the second innings which ensured Australian could only post a target of 100 odd in front of the Proteas.

However, Kagiso Rabada, who was sitting on five demerit points, during the start of the series, was charged with Level 1 offence in the match.

Rabada’s celebration after the wickets of Steve Smith and David Warner, during the game, earned him a 2-match suspension as well as the 4-demerit points.

Kagiso Rabada, David Lloyd

Kagiso Rabada was all fired up in the second Test as well. Image Courtesy: Twitter

AB de Villiers jumps five places to the seventh spot amongst batters

A day after being handed a two-Test ban, Kagiso Rabada has climbed to the top spot in the ICC bowler’s rankings on Tuesday (March 13). The South Africa pacer went past James Anderson and now had career-best 902 points to his name.

Rabada, earlier in January last year, became the youngest bowler to secure the top spot in Test. After South Africa’s loss to India at Jo’Burg, Rabada lost his top spot to Anderson. However, his lethal spell helped him retain his top spot in the rankings.

james anderson

It was Protean aces AB de Villiers and KG Rabada who single-handedly helped South Africa level the series with a six-wicket win. De Villiers smashed an unbeaten 126 at a strike rate of 81, with wickets falling at the other end.

AB jumped five places to the seventh spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen. Australian skipper Steve Smith still is a country mile ahead of the rest, sitting pretty at the number 1 spot.

Latest ICC Rankings for Batsmen

Player Country Points
1 Steve Smith AUS 943
2 Virat Kohli  IND 912
3 Joe Root  ENG 881
4 Kane Williamson  NZ 855
5 David Warner  AUS 831
6 Cheteshwar Pujara IND 810
7 AB de Villiers  SA 778
8 Azhar Ali  PAK 755
9 Hashim Amla  SA 748
10 Alastair Cook  ENG 742

Latest ICC Rankings for bowlers

Player Country Points
1 Kagiso Rabada SA 902
2 James Anderson  ENG 887
3 Ravindra Jadeja  IND 844
4 Ravichandran Ashwin  IND 803
5 Josh Hazlewood  AUS 796
6 Neil Wagner  NZ 784
7 Rangana Herath  SL 777
8 Vernon Philander  SA 776
9 Mitchell Starc  AUS 772
10 Nathan Lyon  AUS 753

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