RABADA’S RANKING RISES
KG displaces teammate Tahir while De Villiers retains batting top spot
KAGISO Rabada is not only shining with the ball but he is also moving up in the rankings.
The Proteas fast bowler is now officially the best in the world. This after the International Cricket Council announced their latest rankings yesterday and the 22 year old moved up four places to No 1 on the ODI bowlers list.
This follows his haul of 4/39 against England at Lord’s on Monday in the Proteas’ seven wicket victory although they lost the series 2-1.
Rabada who has been crucial for the Proteas since he made his ODI debut two years ago, became the youngest No 1 ranked bowler since Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998. He has now replaced his Proteas teammate Imran Tahir at the top.
Rabada ended the series with seven wickets in the three-match series against England.
He is now expected to play a crucial role for the Proteas in the ICC Champions
Trophy starting tomorrow. The Proteas start their campaign with a match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Rabada believes they can still win the Champions Trophy despite losing the series to England.
“Oh yes, why not? We’ve got really good players, amazing talent, experience as well. Winning this game will give us confidence and if we play well we can win this thing,” Rabada said.
“We have been playing good cricket, if we had won the second game, we would have won the series. Having won our last game will give us confidence and I feel the team go into the Champions Trophy feeling strong. We have great names and if we play well we can win this.”
Tahir dropped to second in the rankings while skipper AB de Villiers remains the top-ranked ODI batsman, with teammate Quinton de Kock moved up two places to No 4.
Meanwhile, buoyed by Monday’s win over England, Proteas coach Russell Domingo said they will go
into the Champions Trophy with confidence and can win the competition. “Every international game has importance,” Domingo said.
“Whether we are 2- 0 up or 2- 0 down, we try to approach it with the same sort of intensity. There have been a lot of benefits and a lot of positives in the last two games that we can take through to the Champions Trophy.
“I’m happy with the way things have panned out for us.”
“To win this game will give us confidence and I feel the team go into the Champions Trophy feeling strong. We have great names and if we play well we can win this.”
RISING UP: Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has become the youngest No 1 bowler in ODIs since Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998.