Rabada becomes number-one ranked Test bowler

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NEW DELHI: Young pacer Kagiso Rabada has become the number one ranked bowler in the ICC Test Rankings after helping South Africa to a 72-run victory over India in the first Test of the three-match series at Newlands yesterday. Rabada returned with figures of three for 34 and two for 41 against a star-studded India batting line-up.

For this effort, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while James Anderson, who had entered the Sydney Test as the number-one ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test. This 10-point swing means the South African has moved ahead of the Englishman by one point after nine points had separated the two fast bowlers leading into the two Tests.

Among the batsmen, Australia’s Steve Smith is unchanged on 947 points in first position, but there is some movement just behind him. England captain Joe Root has leapfrogged India’s Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson of New Zealand’s into second position, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped from third to fifth. —AFP

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