South Africa had a tournament to forget as they were knocked out after their last defeat against Pakistan. The Proteas were not up to the mark in the competition and they had to pay the prize. South Africa has won a solitary match out of the seven they have played to sit at the ninth position of the points table. Thus, South Africa was not able to tick the right boxes in the tournament. Subsequently, Kagiso Rabada said that is crucial for the team to learn from failure.
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South Africa was just not turned on in the tournament as they didn’t look at their best. The Proteas could not come up with consistent performances with the bat. In fact, their highest score was 68 runs which was scored by Quinton de Kock.
South Africa was disappointing.
Kagiso Rabada who was not at his usual best as he could only take six wickets in the seven matches of the tournament. Rabada believes that there are a lot of harsh lessons from their mundane performance.
“There have been times where we’ve been really unlucky. At the same time, there have been times where we have let ourselves down,” he said. “But there are plenty of learnings. That’s why we play this game. It’s not easy”.
“As much as you want to be at the top, you will never find it smooth sailing. “It’s extremely tough and when you’re playing out there, you experience all these feelings, the highs and the lows and that’s part of the game.”
Rabada stated that it is crucial to bounce back and they should plan accordingly. It is not going to be easy as they have a lot of issues to address. Hence, the Proteas has a lot of homework to do.
“Now the key is to bounce back and to plan forward and stay positive,” Rabada said. “We will definitely be back firing and looking to really nail some of the things we wanted to nail in this tournament.”
In fact, Kagiso Rabada had a good IPL as he had scalped 25 wickets in the 12 matches he played for the Delhi Capitals. However, he was not able to replicate the same form in the World Cup as he bowled with an average of 50.83.
“I got a lot more results in the IPL. In this tournament, I think I have just done okay,” Rabada said. “I would have liked to have done better. These are the tournaments you really want to stand up in.”
South Africa will play their penultimate World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on 28th June.