The MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings have been released and Kagiso Rabada is now South Africa’s highest-ranked bowler. The fast bowler is one place ahead of Dale Steyn who missed the series due to an injury.
While he leads Steyn by two points, he trails Sri Lanka’s fourth-ranked spinner Rangana Herath by six points. Relating this, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said:
“Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who was one of South Africa’s stars in its ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 triumph, stole the bowling limelight when he returned figures of three for 44 and two for 50. For this performance, he has earned a rise of three places which has puts him in fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.”
Hashim Amla and JP Duminy also made impressive gains in the latest ranking. Scoring 134, Amla became the eighth batsman to score a century in his 100th Test. That, obviously helped him to shoot four places up. He’s now settled at the sixth position amongst batsmen. Likewise, JP Duminy scored 155 and added 292 runs for the third wicket with Amla.
And, has now skyrocketed nine places to secure a career-high 33rd position. Meanwhile, Captain Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, who won the player of the series award, finished in joint-21st position. With the gains of Proteas players highlighted above, CSA asserted that the only good news for Sri Lanka is the rise of fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep. “(He) leaped six places to a career-best 33rd spot following figures of four for 78 in South Africa’s only innings.
“South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg, which gave it a 3-0 series win. “The result means third-ranked South Africa has gained four points and has moved up to 107 points, two behind Australia, while seventh-ranked Sri Lanka has dropped four points to finish on 92 points,” added CSA.