5 Bowlers who can dethrone Pat Cummins as No.1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings

Cummins has been dominating in the Tests for a long time now. But these bowlers can give him tough competition.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

It was in the year 2011 at The Wanderers in Johannesburg that the 18-year old Pat Cummins made his first appearance in Test cricket. The teen fast bowler from Sydney, on his debut, outshone his pace colleagues in Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle by finishing with six wickets in the second innings. In total, he snapped seven wickets in the match, notably dismissing Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, and Jacques Kallis.

After his commanding show with the ball, the speedster also hit the winning runs to script a famous win for Australia against the Proteas. However, Cummins’ fragile body and his fitness issues didn’t give way for him to play another Test for the next six years. The tour of India in 2017 witnessed his return to whites, and since then he hasn’t looked back. 

In February 2019, Cummins climbed to the number one spot in the ICC Test bowler rankings on the back of some exceptional performances when the national team was going downhill. The 26-year old’s indefatigable ability to bowl lengthy spells along with the knack of picking up wickets with the old and new ball sets him apart from most of them. While many bowlers have displayed the potential, very few have been able to match the consistency and attain the fitness level to topple the Aussie bowler.

Here we take a look at five bowlers who can dethrone Pat Cummins from the number one spot:-

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Proteas’ speedster has built his reputation as one of the fearsome young fast bowlers of this generation. Having made his Test debut in the year 2015, Kagiso Rabada rose rapidly as Dale Steyn‘s worthy replacement to lead the South African pace attack in the future.

Rabada continued his ascendancy by thrusting himself to the top of the ICC bowlers rankings in January 2018 before Pat Cummins overtook him. Currently sitting behind Cummins at number two, the 24-year old has 183 wickets in 40 Tests at a healthy average of 22.50.

By the standards of his potential, Rabada has endured a quiet year, snaring 26 wickets in seven matches. With the home season set to begin against England, this would be the pacer’s best chance to leapfrog Cummins and take back the number one ranking.


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