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Kagiso Rabada becomes No.1 bowler, Virat Kohli and Pujara slip in rankings

Kagiso Rabada dethroned James Anderson to become the seventh South African bowler to top the rankings while Vernon Philander, who picked a career-best haul of 6/42, jumped to sixth in the latest ICC rankings.

cricket Updated: Jan 09, 2018 16:29 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Kagiso Rabada became the seventh South African bowler to occupy the No.1 rankings in ICC Test rankings after helping the hosts win by 72 runs in Newlands. (AFP)

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who picked up five wickets in the Cape Town Test, has dethroned England’s James Anderson to become the new No.1 bowler in the latest ICC rankings. Rabada became only the seventh South African bowler to top the ICC Rankings.

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, who both fell cheaply in the Newlands Test, slipped down the rankings while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya received a big boost in their rankings following their great returns in Newlands.

Indian batsmen suffer

Kohli scored a total of 33 runs — five and 28 at Cape Town , which saw him drop 13 points and slip to third. At the same time, England skipper Joe Root scored 141 runs in the fifth and final Ashes 2017-18 Test which saw him go past the Indian cricket team captain as well as New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.

Root, who could not come out to bat due to sickness, earned 26 points from the Sydney Test in which he was dismissed only once. Pujara dropped two places from third to fifth, whereas Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma also slipped.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar put up a solid effort with both bat and ball in Cape Town. (AFP)

Bhuvneshwar, Pandya rise

With his outstanding opening spell on the first day of the Cape Town Test as well as in the second innings, Bhuvneshwar moved up eight places to reach 22nd spot. Hardik Pandya rose 24 places to be ranked 49th after his impressive all-round show. Among all-rounders, Shakib Al Hasan remained on top while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin remained in second and third spots.

Vernon Philander’s career-best figures of 6/42 and nine in the Test against India saw him move from 12th to sixth.

Smith reigns supreme

Steve Smith, who hammered 687 runs in the Ashes at 137.40 with three centuries and two fifties, remained on top with 947 rating points.

First Published: Jan 09, 2018 16:28 IST