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Rabada overtakes Ashwin in ICC rankings

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

pacer Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position in the Test rankings after his player of the match performance against in Bloemfontein.

Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory.

He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between and in Dubai, which won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0.

Rabada has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and of and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed spinner and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of

Rabada was not the only pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis's 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.

batsman Cheteshwar Pujara remains in fourth spot and captain Virat Kohli in sixth position. Though India have not played a Test recently, Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane gained a place each to be eighth and ninth in the rankings.

pacer Wahab Riazs five wickets in the match have seen him overtake Indias Umesh Yadav to take 24th position while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 16:22 IST