Kagiso Rabada
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South Africa’s ace paceman Kagiso Rabada thinks that his team can not be put under more pressure than they have been after the loss of the first two Test matches. The Proteas have a young squad and Rabada believes that the team will learn from its mistakes. The visitors have been outplayed in the first two Test matches against India as the hosts have been too good.

In fact, it has been one-way traffic and the Indian team has outclassed the Proteas in all the three departments of the game. On the other hand, it has been a disappointing performance from the South African side. Furthermore, India’s pace battery has bowled better than the guests.

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I Don't Know If We Can Be Put Under More Pressure - Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Credit: BCCI

South Africa can only go up from here.

“We’ve been put under immense pressure. I don’t know if we can be put more pressure than that,” Rabada told reporters.

Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada who is the pack leader of the South African attack has taken only four wickets in the series. Rabada had taken three wickets on the first day of the second Test match but he lacked the support from the other end. The gun pacer believes Indian fast bowlers have also outbowled them in the series.

Indian pace battery has outbowled South Africa’s pace attack.

“They got the ball to reverse and they bowled well as a collective. Their whole attack put pressure on us in every single aspect. Their spinners bowled well and when the ball was reversing their seamers could exploit that. We didn’t really get the ball to reverse and that’s a major weapon of ours,” he explained.

Meanwhile, South Africa is in the rebuilding phase as some of their big names have recently retired. The Proteas have lost players like AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, and Morne Morkel and they will need some time to fill in the big shoes.

Kagiso Rabada | Quinton de Kock | Faf du Plessis
Kagiso Rabada with Quinton de Kock. (Photo by Isuru Sameera Peris/Gallo Images)

 “It’s never nice to lose, especially in the manner we’re losing right now but we’re going through a transition period. Our team is fresh and young, so the best thing we can do is look at where we can improve and remember our strengths and build on them.”

It has been a forgettable Test series for the Rainbow nation but Kagiso Rabada wants to end the tour on a high. It is going to be a difficult task for the visitors but Rabada wants all the players to give a collective effort.

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 “From a physical point of view we need to execute our skills and from a mental point of view, we need to believe we can do it in certain situations. It’s a balance we’re working on,” he said.

The third and final Test match will take place at Ranchi from October 19.

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