Dale Steyn has regained the No.1 spot in the latest ICC Test bowler’s rankings following his exquisite comeback to International cricket. The South African paceman picked up impressive figures of 8 for 99 in his side’s 204-run-win over visitors New Zealand to win the series 1-0.
Steyn climbed two places in the rankings to leapfrog Ravichandran Ashwin (Previously second) and James Anderson (Previously first) to become the No.1 Test bowler since December 2015, when he picked up a shoulder injury during the Durban Test against England.
Following his heroic comeback to the International fold, Steyn said on Wednesday that he feels fitter and fresher than ever, moreover, dismissed any rumors of retirment. The Protean superstar added that he does not know a specific time for hanging up his boots, and will keep going as long as he has pace and swing.
Steyn’s pace partners from the two test matches, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada, also climbed the rankings thanks to their handsome contributions. Philander jumped two places from 13th to 11th, while Rabada moved from 30th to 27th.
On the other hand, in the Test batsmen’s rankings, Faf Du Plessis’s return to form with a century saw him move up 9 places from 33rd to 24th.
South Africa’s series win lifted them from 7th to 5th in the ICC Test rankings for teams, at the cost of New Zealand, who now sit below 6th placed Sri Lanka.