That Kagiso Rabada wears his heart on his sleeves is not a secret anymore. The South Africa pace spearhead gives his all on the field and sometimes it leads to emotional outbursts. Time and again, the star bowler has landed in hot waters for his confrontation with the opposition players. His duel with India skipper Virat Kohli is perhaps the most interesting duels in the game nowadays.
Every time, Rabada is up against Kohli, one can expect fireworks on the field. Kohli dispatching Rabada for a four, Rabada beating Kohli’s bat with a beauty and a lot of verbals duels are the prominent features of this duel. The Proteas star has now opened up on the duel and revealed an incident from this year’s IPL when the two squared off.
When Delhi Capitals took on Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home, Kohli had hit Rabada for a four. At the end of the over, Rabada and Kohli were involved in a heated exchange of words. The right-arm pacer has now revealed the incident and also said that Kohli cannot take abuse in return after initiating it.
“I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse. But those things can’t distract you,” Rabada told ESPNCricinfo.
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“In fact, for me it just wakes me up, if anything. If somebody comes at me and says, “I’m going to hit you. I’m going to clobber you. You are soft”, it wakes me up because – it’s a fight-or-flight response. In the next over you bowled with a bit more pace into Kohli’s body, and he found it hard to get away. Did that exchange rev you up to come back hard and push him onto the back foot?,” he added.
Well, the two will be up against each other once again this week when India take on South Africa in the ongoing World Cup on June 5.