South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander declared on the No. 1 position in the latest ICC Test rankings in bowling and batting released on 24 December 2013.
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, had moved in the right direction on rankings for Test batsmen.
Philander recorded figures of four for 61 and three for 68, Steyn managed just one wicket. The contrasting performances resulted in Philander gaining 13 ratings points and Steyn conceding 13 ratings points. Steyn was on this position from july 2009.
Philander is now the seventh South Africa bowler to claim the number-one rank after Aubrey Faulkner (1914-1921), Hugh Tayfield (1955-1958), Peter Pollock (1969), Allan Donald (1998-1999), Shaun Pollock (1999-2003) and Dale Steyn (2008-2013).
Kohli, who stroked 119 and 96, has jumped nine places to a career-best 11th position, du Plessis's 134 in the second innings has helped him rocket 16 places to a best-ever 28th position.
Of the other two century-makers in the Test, number-one ranked AB de Villiers and India's Cheteshwar Pujara have consolidated their number-one and number-seven spots, respectively.
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