On Tuesday afternoon, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has displaced Jimmy Anderson as the Number 1 ranked test bowler. The 22-year-old has been racking up all of the awards and achievements in the past couple years. The Daily Vox team rounds up five of his major achievements.
1. The new No.1
Following the Proteas 72-run win over India in the first test match of the Freedom Series, Rabada moved up the ICC test bowler rankings to number one.Â Coming out of the match with figures of 5/75, Rabada went ahead of Englishman, Anderson, whose side has not been having the best Ashes tourÂ in Australia. Rabada moved ahead of Anderson by one point, collecting five points after the Indian match to move up the rankings.Â He is the seventh South African player to get to the prestigious spot, after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
Speaking about his achievement Rabada said: â€œIt is a surreal feeling. Itâ€
2. The sweep of the 2016 awards
At the 2016 South African Cricket Awards, Rabada made a sweep of the night. He became the first cricketer to win six accolades at the awards. He was crowned South African cricketer of the year, the youngest to do so. The 2016 season was a really good one for Rabada who took 30 wickets in 11 ODI (one day international) matches and took 24 wickets in six test matches. In addition to the big one, Rabada also won the test cricketer of the year, ODI cricketer of the year, Players’ Player of the year, Fans Player of the year and T20 delivery of the year.
3. The youngest South African to take 10 in a Test match
Being 22, itâ€
4. The second player ever to get a hattrick on ODI debut
The year was 2015, and Rabada was making his ODI debut against Bangladesh. That would have been significant enough given the bowler was making his debut at the age of 20, but the day was made even more special with Rabada becoming only the second player ever to get a hattrick on debut. For those who donâ€
5. The second best figures by a South African in Test and ODI cricket
2016 really the year of Rabada, and the reason why he won cricketer of the year. During a test match against England, Rabada took 7/112 in a single innings and still managed to say â€œI donâ€
At only 22, Rabada is already making South Africa proud and we canâ€
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