Kagiso Rabada has been named the best bowler in the world by the International Cricket Council following his haul of 4/39 against England on Monday.

Rabada (22) becomes the youngest No 1 ranked bowler since Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtag in 1998 and also replacing his teammate Imran Tahir on the top spot. KG as is he known to his fans made his South African debut in November 2014 and became the first cricketer to win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual dinner including the prize for Cricketer of the year.

According to the ICC website, Rabada moves up four places after his impressive performance at Lord’s in the third ODI on Monday. Though the Proteas lost their three-match series 2-1, their skipper AB de Villiers remains the top ranked ODI batsman while Quinton de Kock moved up two places to fourth with Faf du Plessis on sixth and Hashim Amla on tenth.

Proteas will face Sri Lanka in their first ICC Champions Trophy group match on Saturday, 3 June.  The Proteas who are currently ranked second in Tests, first in ODIs and third in T20Is by the ICC, will use the current ICC Champions Trophy as the tool to remain in the top spot in the world. The Proteas have not lifted the ICC Champions Trophy since 1998 when they beat West Indies by six wickets in Dhaka. The ICC Champions Trophy will take place in England and Wales between 1 and 18 June 2017

 

BY: KESEABETSOE MOGASHOA

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