Kagiso Rabada has become the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Test Player Rankings after helping the Standard Bank Proteas to an exciting 72 run victory over India in the first Test at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Monday.
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) 9 January 2018
By returning figures of 3-34 and 2-41 in South Africa’s New Year’s Test victory over India at Cape Town, Kagiso Rabada leap-frogged England’s James Anderson to top the MRF ICC Rankings for Test bowlers.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 9 January 2018
He became the seventh South African to reach top spot following Dale Steyn, Shaun Pollock, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Vernon Philander and Aubrey Faulkner – who uniquely managed to top both Test batting and bowling tables.
What Kagiso Rabada had to say:
A delighted Rabada said: “It’s special to be ranked as the No.1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It’s what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game.
“Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I’m thankful for the support from my team mates. It’s a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances.”
Rabada is the seventh South Africa bowler to top the ICC Test Bowling Rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
Thank you to everyone for the well wishes! 🙂
— kagiso rabada (@KagisoRabada25) 11 January 2018
What people say:
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) 9 January 2018
At only 22 years, Kagiso Rabada becomes world’s No 1 ranked Test Bowler following his team’s victory against India in Cape Town.
Next to the definition of EXCELLENCE this picture must be placed. pic.twitter.com/EMRn5AeAkL
— RSA Minister of Police (@MbalulaFikile) 9 January 2018
Guys Kagiso Rabada is remarkable. Do you understand what it means to be hitting consistent line & length at over 140km/h at just the age of 22?
Can’t remember any fast bowler doing what he’s doing at his age.
He deserves years of dominance!
— Lincoln Park (@Lincoln_PH) 9 January 2018