The Indian team has ascended to the top position in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings after South Africa slipped to the third spot following their 2-1 defeat against England in the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy.
A 13-wicket haul from Kagiso Rabada ended South Africa’s winless run in Test cricket as they handed a 280-run defeat to England by taking seven wickets in the first session of the fifth day to wrap up the fourth Test match in Centurion.
South Africa dismissed the England top order cheaply and left them struggling at 52 for three after setting a target of 382 runs with the help of a patient 96-run knock from Hashim Amla and an unbeaten fifty from Temba Bavuma on day four of the fourth Test match in Centurion.
Kagiso Rabada produced his career best figures of 112 for seven to dismiss England for 342 in their first innings after which South Africa extended their lead to 175 runs with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the fourth Test in Centurion.
Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten gritty half-century to take England to 138 for two at stumps on day two after Quinton de Kock's maiden century propelled South Africa's first innings total to 475 in the fourth Test in Centurion.
Stephen Cook became the hundredth debutant to score a Test century after which England pegged back the South African first innings total to 329 for five at stumps on day one of the fourth Test in Centurion.
Stuart Broad's performance in the ongoing Test series against South Africa has reaped benefits as he has been named as the replacement for the injured Liam Plunkett in the England One-Day International squad.
In the span of two months, South Africa lost two things extremely valuable - their decade long invincibility in away tours and their coveted number one Test ranking. India ensured the first, England affected the second.
Australia have been handed a fresh injury blow as their flamboyant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is doubtful for the fifth One-Day International against India after suffering a knee injury in the fourth game.