Bowlers make ICC Rankings top ten movements after first Test in South Africa
The high-profile movers in the ICC Test Rankings for bowling were Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada, although a number of players achieved significant minor ranking leaps.
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada has risen one spot to sixth place after claiming seven wickets in the first Test in Centurion, while compatriot Lungi Ngidi has climbed 16 places to 30th place. With debutant left-arm fast bowler Marco Jansen joining the rankings in 97th place after an excellent first outing with the red ball in hand, he concluded with eight wickets of his own.
On the Indian side, quicks Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are among those expected to rise through the ranks.
After taking five wickets in the Test, Bumrah has jumped three places to ninth, while Mohammad Shami has jumped two places to 17th after taking eight wickets in the match, including five in the first innings.
KL Rahul, India’s opener, looked impressive in the batting order, leapfrogging 31st among hitters following his Player of the Match performance in Centurion.
Rahul contributed 23 runs to his 123-run first innings, helping India to a 113-run victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match ICC World Test Championship series.
Rahul has risen as high as seventh in the rankings (November), combining in a crucial 117-run opening combination with Mayank Agrawal (60), as India became the first Asian team to reach the top of the rankings.
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Agarwal has moved up one spot in the latest update for his effort, while Ajinkya Rahane has moved up two spots to 25th.
After a valiant 77 in the second innings, South Africa’s skipper and opening hitter Dean Elgar has moved up two places to 14th. Temba Bavuma, on the other hand, improved 16 places to 39th place with scores of 52 and 35 not out.