Kagiso Rabada has proved to be the heartbeat of the Delhi Capitals ever since he joined the franchise and his success with the ball has been one of the major reasons behind the franchise’s monumental rise as a force to be reckoned with in the IPL.
Rabada has been absolutely sensational this IPL. Whether it’s bowling with the fresh new ball or against two set batsmen in the middle-overs or during the death when the batsmen are going hell for leather, every time Shreyas Iyer has turned to his premier fast bowler, KG has delivered.
Rabada has already taken 23 wickets- six more than the next best- in 11 games this season at an average of 14.52. During this season, the South African bolter became the fastest to claim 50 IPL wickets and his success has mirrored Delhi Capitals fortunes.
But a humble guy that Kagiso Rabada is, he believes that the fact that different individuals have stepped up in each of the seven wins that DC has won is a testimony to the fact that it has been a team performance and not just a one-man show.
”It’s great to hear that, and I’m honoured, but there are several factors behind our team’s strong run and I am only one of them. We’ve had multiple Man of the Match award winners, so that should tell you that we have many performers in this team. And I am happy that I am one of them and my wickets have contributed to the team’s success,” Kagiso Rabada said in an exclusive interview with Gulf News.
‘I’ve enjoyed bowling with him tremendously’- Kagiso Rabada on Anrich Nortje
Rabada was also full of praise for his fellow Delhi Capitals pacer and his compatriot, Anrich Nortje. Nortje, who came in as a last-minute replacement for Chris Woakes has cranked up some serious pace in the competition thus far. His line and length have complimented his tearaway pace, making it pretty difficult for the batsmen to counter.
Kagiso Rabada hailed Nortje as ‘phenomenal’ besides adding that the bolter has got a very bright future ahead of him and that he has enjoyed bowling with him.
“Well, my assessment would be that he’s had quite a phenomenal tournament so far. He has a long road ahead, and a very bright future. I’ve enjoyed bowling with him tremendously, and I hope the feeling is mutual! But on a serious note, I have enjoyed the fact that we have constantly tried to learn from each other. We’re talking about the art of fast bowling, finer aspects, technical stuff, and I enjoy these conversations with him,” he added.