Young sensation Rabada has been a revelation for the Proteas ever since his debut and courtesy a brilliant bowling performance in the opening Test against India at the Newlands in Cape Town, Kagiso Rabada has displaced English speedster James Anderson to the No 1 position in the Latest Rankings for Bowlers in Tests.
Rabada conceded that though his ambition is to open the bowling for South A, but he will likely have to wait ahead of the 2nd Test at Centurion starting on Saturday. Rabada finished with an impressive spell of 5/75 in the match which propelled the hosts to a 72 runs victory on the 4th day of the match. Rabada further added that their bowling line-up is pretty skilled which was on display during the opening Test in Cape Town.
“Our bowling attack is very skilled, as we have seen in the past and in the last game. It feels great to be playing alongside these veterans,” Rabada was quoted as saying by reporters on Wednesday.
“I just bowl wherever the team wants me to bowl, but obviously I would like to open. It is very tough at the moment, though, because there are two very good bowlers doing that. I just like to do whatever the team requires me to do and set my own aspirations aside,” he further added.
Rabada has bagged a total of 108 Test wickets since 2016 at an average of 21.34 and a strike rate of 39.2 which is way better than veteran bowlers like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Despite his dominance in the longest format, he was used as the 4th bowler by Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis in the 1st innings.
He has been cited as a special talent ever since his debut especially in his homeland where the desire for young black role models is pretty rare. Meanwhile, there are certain pundits who feel Rabada can still increase his pace which will add more to his weaponry.
“I don’t know how fast I can get. Sometimes I don’t think the speed gun is telling the truth to be honest. I can feel when I’m bowling quick and when I’m not,” he added. The injury to Dale Steyn during the opening Test means extra burden on the rest of the three pacers with two more Tests to come against India which will be followed by a 4 Test affair against the Aussies.
“I need to do more, I am always striving for perfection, even though you will never reach it,” he said. “There is always something else you can work on and that is what I have done in my career so far. There is always a problem,” he said.
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