South African fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada has been announced as number one in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings following the first test match between South Africa and India.
The news was confirmed on the ICC Twitter page, “Kagiso Rabada is the new number one in the at MRFWorldwide ICC Test Bowling Rankings following the 1st #SAvsIND Test.”
— ICC (@ICC) January 9, 2018
Rabada helped the Proteas to beat India with 72 run victory over India in the first Test at Newlands on Monday.
The 22 year-old says he is very thankful for the support from his teammates.
“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,” says Rabada.
Rabada follows on the footsteps of Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander who have also been ranked as top bowlers in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings.