International Cricket

Rabada overtakes Ashwin to take third spot in ICC Test bowlers’ rankings

The South African is only eight behind second-placed Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson.

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position in the ICC Test rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein. Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings to register an enviable match haul of 10/63 that helped his side to an innings and 254-run win.

He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday in thrilling fashion to clinch the series 2-0. Rabada has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England.

Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis’s 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara remains in fourth spot and captain Virat Kohli in sixth position. Though India have not played a Test recently, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane gained a place each to take eighth and ninth spot respectively in the rankings. Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz’s five wickets in the second Test saw seen him overtake India’s Umesh Yadav to take 24th position while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.

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