Despite Getting Banned, Kagiso Rabada Returns To Numero Uno Position
By CricShots - Mar 13, 2018 11:52 am
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Past few days has been pretty dramatic for the South African fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, but he might feel a bit relaxed after returning to the top of the bowling ICC Test Player Rankings. The Proteas fast bowler was in scintillating form in the red ball cricket as his match figures of 11-150 helped South Africa level their four-match series by 1-1 against Australia.

Kagiso Rabada

However, it was a turbulent second Test for Man of the Match Rabada, who was banned for the rest of the series along with a fine of 50 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of making intentional contact with the Australian skipper Steve Smith on the opening day.

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Kagiso was found guilty of another charge of giving a send-off to the Australian opener David Warner on day three, which resulted in a further 15 percent fine from his match fee and an additional demerit point.

Rabada’s bowling performance sees him go past England’s James Anderson in the ICC Test rankings, though, and Rabada crosses the 900-point mark in ratings, becoming the 23rd player to have achieved the feet. He is only the fourth South Africa player to reach the mark after Vernon Philander (highest of 912 points), Shaun Pollock (909 in 1999) and Dale Steyn (909 in 2014).

Kagiso Rabada gave a harsh send-off to Steve Smith

Anderson has the chance to reclaim his position, with England taking on New Zealand in a two-match Test series that starts a week on Thursday.

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Among other gainers from South Africa’s win at St George’s Park, AB de Villiers’ scores of 126* and 28 has helped him to take a leap of five positions into seventh place in the Test Rankings for Batsmen. Steve Smith continues to lead the ranking followed by Virat Kohli at the second position.

Among the teams, India cannot be dragged back from the no.1 position and have already been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace with a $1 million prize money. With the April 3 cut-off date, South Africa are assured of the second prize of $500,000 with the third and fourth place still up for grabs and prize money of $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.