Australia vs India 2018-19, Kagiso Rabada
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South Africa’s gun fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has responded to the comparisons with India’s potent bowling unit. The Indian pace battery has taken giant strides in the last two years and the same has been palpable in their performance. The pace troika of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma has breathed down the neck of the best batsmen in the world.

The pace battery had scalped 130 wickets in 2018 and have proven their mettle all over the globe. The fast bowlers have bowled with consistency and it is for the first time that India’s bowling has sent shivers down the opposition spine.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Credits: ICC

Indian bowling has taken the giant strides.

Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada who is at the numero uno position in the ICC Test Bowlers Rankings, and has bowled with fire for the Proteas, talked about the comparisons.

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During a press conference at Cape Town, a reporter asked him, “There’s a photo on social media with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma as the best (bowling) attack in the world. How do you feel about that and especially the guys who you have played alongside with?”

Rabada responded by asserting, “People will have their opinion. Obviously, when we play, we will believe that we are the best (bowling) attack. They are, if not the best, a good attack. Everyone experienced it when they came to South Africa. But when we play against them, we will believe that we are the best (attack) – we have to”.

In fact, South Africa’s premier pacer Dale Steyn made a solid return to the game. Consequently, Rabada believes the Proteas have the skills to rattle any batting line-up.

Australia vs India 2018/19, Bharat Arun, Ravi Shastri
Indian pace battery has been lethal. Credits: Twitter

Rabada said, “Exactly – we will believe that we can knock over any batting lineup (in the world).”

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Meanwhile, India’s bowling line-up has bowled at the top of their game and have made a name for themselves. India bowling unit of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya took 179 wickets in 2018 at an average of 23.7 and strike rate of 47.5. Thus, they have written themselves in the golden pages of the Indian cricket folklore.

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