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Kagiso Rabada's speed is genetically generated: Allan Donald

Two former South African fast bowlers have praised Kagiso Rabada for his bowling speed like a lightning bolt and short run-up.

The 20-year-old bowling sensation of South Africa Kagiso Rabada clocked 150.3 km/h in Centurion on Sunday when New Zealand defeated Proteas by 32 runs in the second T20 match. Rabada finished with a tally 3 for 30 in four overs.

Bowling legend Alan Donald said Rabada speed is “not a self-taught thing, but it is generated.”

Rabada is the rising South African pacer whose outstanding bowling performance has helped South Africa won the U-19 Wolrd Cup in Dubai. Cricket World knew him since then.

Rabada is as quick as any former fast bowler, he has a chance to develop on speed with his age grows.

“He is also still growing into that body of his.

“The great thing is that he is going to bowl quicker, too.

But, he is different from any other typical fast bowler in one aspect, that is his short run-up. He is like Shane Bond, who used to ball as quick as Brett Lee, but his bowling run up was shorter.

Donald is impressed with the Rabada’s speed and action.

“Some kids fall from nowhere and they can bowl fast.

“It’s not a self-taught thing but is genetically generated,” said Donald.

Donald also said nobody can teach a bowler to bowl fast, it is a born talent. Talking about Rabada he fetched the example of former West Indies quicks Micael Holding and Malcolm Marshalls.

“You’re very gifted to be able to bowl fast. From watching the genuine quicks around the world – the [Michael] Holdings and [Malcolm] Marshalls – anyone will tell you that you can’t teach that.”

“Rabada is a fantastic athlete. He’s strong and has a fantastic action to go along with it. There’s not a lot that can go wrong from a technique point of view.

“Kagiso will find out that he’ll have his hard days at international level but right now he is enjoying it and wants to play Test cricket.

“We are very lucky to have him right now. Not only can he bowl quick, but he also bowls in very good areas,” Donald said.

Meannwhile, South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt also observed as gifted bowler who has storng action, although it seems weak.

“He has got a strong action and hit-drive [hitting the deck on delivery], a strong upper body and a quick arm and that is where he generates his pace from,” he said.

Langeveldt is also agreed with Donald as they both believed Rabada will generate more pace with his age grows.

“Kagiso can still generate a yard or two of speed by not necessarily running in quicker, but by getting the rhythm right.

When Times Live asked Rabada about the idea to extend his runup for more speed, Rabada snapped, and said, “I am always open to new ideas, but I don’t think the pace comes from the runup.

“The runup is just for your rhythm, to make sure that everything clicks at the crease,” he added.

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