Virat Kohli Toughest To Bowl To, Reveals Kagiso Rabada
South Africa speedster Kagiso Rabada has revealed India skipper Virat Kohli is the toughest batsman he has bowled to so far.
Kagiso Rabada needs no introduction at all. That he is special was very much clear when he made his debut in Bangladesh in 2015. He became only the second player to take a hat-trick on ODI debut, eventually finishing with the best figures by a first-timer: 6 for 16. And so far, he has totally lived up to the expectations.
In just three years of his international, he has already becme the pace spearhead of a nation that always boasts of some of the best pacers in the world. In the absence of the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, Rabada led the South Africa pace attack with utmost aplomb.
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So far, he has troubled almost every opponent he has come across. But one man who seems to have given him a tough time is Virat Kohli. The right-arm pacer recently revealed that the Kohli is a tough customer to deal with.
“So far, it has been Virat Kohli who has been scoring a lot of runs. I haven’t played as much against other nations,” he told Sportskeeda when asked about the toughest batsmen he has faced so far.
Well, so far Kohli has come out on top in the duel. In 11 ODIs and six Tests, Rabada has got Kohli’s number only twice each.
Earlier this year, Kohli scored heavily in South Africa. Kohli scored nearly 1,000 runs, helping India beat the hosts in ODIs and T20Is.
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Rabada further spoke on his approach in white-ball cricket, a format where the bowlers are finding it tough to contain the batsmen.
“The basics still imply, but in the white-ball format, you just need to bowl a lot more change-ups and have to think on your feet a bit more than you would have to in Test cricket,” he said.
The star pacer went on to comment on South Africa’s inability to land silverwares despite being a potent force in international cricket.
“I don’t think much has to be done to change. We have come really close in the past, and it’s all a matter of adding the finishing touch, that’s it,” he said.