The South African team is strengthened by the return of fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada for the New Year’s Test match against Sri Lanka. in the ongoing series. The second Test of the two-match series will begin on 3rd January at Rabada’s home ground, The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Rabada has recovered from a groin strain owing to which he missed the Boxing Day Test in Centurion. After clearing all the covid-19 protocols, he will enter the biosecure environment on Monday. Post the IPL 2020, the speedster played a couple of home T20Is against England and then picked up a groin injury.
Rabada’s addition to the squad will only bolster the already dangerous-looking pace bowling South African attack. In the ongoing first Test match, Quinton de Kock has fielded pacers Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Lutho Sipamla along with all-rounder Wiaan Mulder. Three more seamers – Glenton Stuurnman, Migael Pretorius, and allrounder Dwaine Pretorius – are warming the bench.
The 25-year-old is closing in on 200 Test wickets; he is just 3 wickets away from the 200 mark figure which he took in 43 matches at a superb average of 22.95.
Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL
was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL 2020. Playing for Delhi Capitals, Rabada snared 30 wickets at an economy of 8.34 and a strike rate of 13.1. The right-arm pacer was instrumental in Delhi’s march to their maiden IPL final, which they lost to a dominating Mumbai Indians.
Rabada produces some brilliant match-winning and match-turning performances throughout the tournament. One amongst those was his super over heroics against Kings Xi Punjab where he dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran in just 3 deliveries- handing an easy of just three runs to his team.