Kagiso Rabada’s father, Dr. Mpho Rabada has supported the decision of International Cricket Council to penalize his son for the send off to Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan after dismissing him during the 5th ODI in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Rabada was fined 15% of his match fees and one demerit point for giving the send off to Shikhar Dhawan after the 22-year-old scalped his wicket. South Africa, however, went on to lose the match and with that the series with a match still to go. It is not a condition which the Proteas are used to especially in home conditions and they have really been taken aback by the strength of the Men in Blue.
“Dhawan send-off was unnecessary. The player has not only to be within the law but live in the spirit of the game which is a higher than the minimum standard,” said Rabada’s father.
“The management used criterion to usher fines and we have to give them the benefit of doubts that they applied their minds and found a sanction that is in line with not living in the spirit of the game. I have faith in the administrators. Players say all kind of things. I am 100% against that. Let us let the ball do the talking,” he added.
The southpaw was batting well and had struck him for a four the ball before but Rabada managed to get his wicket just when the swashbuckling opener was looking to take the match away from the hosts.
“(My son’s) action was unnecessary and uncalled for (even if there were words or actions from batsmen directed to him during play). A person is 100 percent responsible for his own actions. The ultimate bar at the end is ALL has to be done in the greater spirit of the game,” said Kagiso’s father.
“Young men and women have to always judge themselves against that threshold both on and off the field,” he concluded.
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