Rabada managed 10 wickets during the two-match series, with his magnificent haul of 5/60 in the first innings of the second Test helping the Proteas on their way to an important 198-run triumph.
Kagiso Rabada on the charge
His best ranking is the number one spot he first attained in January 2018, while Rabada has done well to remain in the top ten for a long time.
The kiwi duo Kyle Jamieson (drops two spots to fifth) and Tim Southee (drops one spot to sixth) lose ground in the bowler rankings, with Australia captain Pat Cummins and India veteran Ravi Ashwin still leading the way. Marnus Labuschagne remains as the top ranked Test batter, with New Zealander Devon Conway jumping six places to 17th following his 92 in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa.
Shreyas Iyer jumped a massive 27 spots in the latest ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings weekly update.
Iyer scored three unbeaten half-centuries during India’s 3-0 win against Sri Lanka in February, with the 27-year-old amassing an impressive 204 runs at a strike rate of 174. His efforts helped him jump 27 places to 18th on the latest batter rankings, while team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar jumped three spots to 17th on the bowler rankings. Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka scored an impressive 75 in the second game of the series, and he was rewarded with a six-spot rise to ninth on the rankings, while former India captain Virat Kohli – who was rested for the series – fell out of the top 10 after dropping five places to 15th.
UAE do the business
The other big mover with the bat in T20I cricket this week is Muhammad Waseem of the UAE.
His unbeaten century against Ireland in the final of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A, helped him reach the 12th position with the bat.
That is the highest T20I ranking by any UAE batter, surpassing Shaiman Anwar’s 13th place achieved in 2017. Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumara’s five wickets in the series with India have lifted him into the top 40 bowlers for the first time.
Other bowlers who enjoyed a successful time at the event include Zahoor Khan of UAE and Ireland’s Josh Little.
In the ODI rankings for men, veteran spinner Rashid Khan re-claimed his spot in the top 10 for bowlers. This follows five wickets from the recent three-game series against Bangladesh.
Rashid jumped six spots to ninth. Meanwhile team-mate Mehidy Hasan Miraz dropped two spots to seventh following the series.
Sri Lanka’s Liton Das was the leading run-scorer in the ODI series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Das is up to a career-best 32nd with the bat.
Trent Boult remains the top-ranked ODI bowler, while Pakistan’s Babar Azam leads the way for batters.