Rabada soars to the top

Kagiso Rabada, the Proteas’ 22-year-old pace sensation, has leapfrogged teammate Imran Tahir to become the No1 one- day international bowler in the world.

The top two one-day bowlers aside, South Africa go into the Champions Trophy with four of the top 10 batsmen in the format as well, as per the latest update to the ICC rankings.

AB de Villiers leads the charts, while Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla complete the quartet.

Rabada climbed four spots following the three-match ODI series against England, in which he was the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets at 21.71 – including 4-39 in the third game, which helped reduce England to 20-6 – and an economy rate of 5.42.

Overall in 36 ODI innings since his debut in July 2015, he has 64 wickets at 24.90 and an economy rate of 5.13.

Amla and De Kock were the second and third top scorers in the series, and both move up on the rankings – De Kock from No6 to No 4, and Amla from 11 to 10. De Villiers retained the No1 spot, while Du Plessis and Tahir lost some ground on the table, falling to No 2 and No 6 respectively.

SA open the Champions Trophy with a clash against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday (11.30am).

By ESPN Cricinfo

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