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Rabada overtakes Anderson as the top Test bowler
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Rabada overtakes Anderson as the top Test bowler

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has risen to the No. 1 in Test bowler rankings, after his spells of three for 34 and two for 41 helped the Proteas brush aside India by 72 runs at Newlands.

Rabada overtook James Anderson by one point after gaining five points by his performance in the first Test against India at Cape Town.

Meanwhile, Anderson’s tally reduced by five points after the final Ashes Test in Sydney, where he took just one wicket for 56 runs in Australia’s only innings.

"It's special to be ranked as the No.1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling," Rabada said. "It's what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game.

"Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I'm thankful for the support from my team-mates. It's a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances."

Vernon Philander, who was Man of the Match for his nine wickets against India at Newlands, jumped six places to sixth.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, Steven Smith remained No. 1 with 947 points, but Joe Root overtook Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson to move into second place. Cheteshwar Pujara dropped from third to fifth.