ICC World Cup 2019: Kagiso Rabada Urges South Africa to Stay Focussed
South Africa team in a huddle. Twitter

South Africa’s pack leader Kagiso Rabada has urged teammates to stay focused on the job at hand. The Proteas have lost its opening three matches on the bounce. Furthermore, AB de Villiers recent controversy has added fuel to the fire. It was disclosed recently that the former South African captain wanted a come back into the World Cup side but the team management decided to close the door.

Meanwhile, South Africa already has plenty of issues to address. Their batting is not clicking collectively and de Villiers recent controversy must have added more pressure on the players. Thus, it is imperative to keep the focus on the most important thing at this time – that is the World Cup.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada is a fiery competitor. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“There’s just been a lot happening off the field and we are just looking to clear that out of our heads,” said Rabada. “But it has been enjoyable,” added Rabada. “It’s exciting. This is what you want. It has been enjoyable but it has come with its challenges in terms of our team.”

On the other hand, Kagiso Rabada has bowled his heart out in the ongoing ODI showpiece. Rabada had breathed down the neck of the Indian batsmen in their third game. The gun fast bowler scalped two wickets but didn’t get the support from his fielders as they dropped sitters.

Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada said that the performances of other fast bowlers in this World Cup have been inspiring for him. The fast bowler stated that it pushes him to give his best and keep up the healthy competition. Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer have been right on the money.

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“They are all phenomenal bowlers. I enjoy watching other bowlers bowl. It’s nice to see other people do well, but not against us,” said Rabada jokingly.

“We all have our aspirations. We want to achieve certain goals. I don’t think it puts any pressure on me (to perform). “I know exactly what I want to get out of the game. When you admire other sportsmen, it can inspire you.”

Meanwhile, South Africa has their backs against the wall in the ongoing tournament. They would need to turn the tables and would aim to make a solid comeback into the multi-team competition. South Africa is in a do or die situation and they would need to win everything to stay afloat in the quadrennial event.


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