Kagiso Rabada replaces James Anderson as world's best Test bowler

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Kohli had moved up from No.6 to No.2 in the ICC Test rankings (with 893 rating points) for batsmen after a sensational series against Sri Lanka where he finished with 610 runs in December 2017.

Kohli scored a total of 33 runs - five and 28 at Cape Town, which saw him drop 13 points and slip to third.

The 22-year-old has always been thought of as a special talent, particularly in his homeland where the desire for role-models for young black cricketers burns strong.

In one of the team's most recent wins over the world's No.1 ranked Test side, the South African captain FaF du Plessis is elated on starting the home season on a positive note with a win against India at Newlands in Capetown in a match that was a topsy-turvy ride as the result could have gone in anybody's favor. India's Cheteshwar Pujara slipped from third to fifth place.

He moved five points up the rankings while the previous leader, James Anderson of England, dropped five points after another fourth Test defeat to Australia in The Ashes series.

"It's special to be ranked as the number one Test bowler in the world". It is a surreal feeling.

"Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I am thankful for the support from my team mates. Its already a good start to the year for me as well as for team and hopefully we continue in putting winning performances", said Rabada. "It feels great to be playing alongside these veterans", Rabada told reporters on Wednesday.

Philander now trails Australia's sixth-ranked Josh Hazlewood by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the Centurion Test, which begins on Saturday.

Outside the top-20, India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pat Cummins of Australia have achieved career-high rankings.

Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the first Test due to illness, remains settled third in the bowler list and is followed by compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, who took two wickets in the first innings and remained wicketless in the second.

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