South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada has been named the world’s best bowler in one-day international (ODI) events by the International Cricket Council.
Rabada recently bowled out four batsmen for only 39 runs during a match against England. This achievement moved him up four places on the ICC rankings to land on the top spot on the ODI bowlers’ list.
At 22, he is also the youngest top-ranked bowler in the ICC rankings in almost 20 years. Last year the fast bowler became the first cricketer to win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual dinner, including the prize for Cricketer of the Year.
Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi South Africa congratulated Rabada on his amazing accomplishment.
“To be ranked number one on the ODI cricket rankings its a huge achievement, especially when this occurred while playing in the foreign international platform. This demonstrates tenacity, courage and determination.
“I take this opportunity as well to congratulate the Proteas as they continue to represent us well.”
Rabada replaces another South African, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, at the top of the rankings. Tahir is now in second place.