Monday, December 30, 2013

Dale Steyn loses his top position to Vernon Philander

Thanks to his performance in the first Test against South Africa, star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has moved nine places above to achieve his career-best 11th position in the latest released Reliance ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. He is the second-highest ranked Indian batsman after Cheteshwar Pujara who is ranked seventh spot after earning 37 rating points. South African batsman A B de Villiers, who is being followed by his compatriot Hashim Amla ranked second, is leading the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen.
South African bowler Vernon Philander has achieved the top ranked after displacing Dale Steyn on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. The 28-year-old player has claimed this coveted position for the first time of his career. Dale Steyn dominated this list since July 2009 when he went past Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. The duration of his dominance at the number-one position was 186 matches which was the second highest record after Muralitharan.