ICC World Cup 2019: I Started Playing Cricket Because I Liked to Play Sport – Kagiso Rabada
South African speedster Kagiso Rabada, who is bowling his heart out, is concurrently partaking in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, has remarked that using black as an excuse shouldn’t push the management to gift opportunities in the name of quota. He believes the right way is to provide opportunities according to the merit.
The right-arm paceman has recently featured in the ICC World Cup 2019 opener against England in which he bagged two wickets. But, his side loses their opener by 104 runs at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday (May 30.)
Rabada on transformation:
Earlier, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has set the procedure of having black and white players in the playing XI across formats. However, it doesn’t apply at the quadrennial event. Thus, it eventually excites Rabada, who reiterated the players shall be introduced solely based on their performances.
“For me, transformation is all about getting an opportunity. I feel that players or people should be given the opportunity as much as possible. At a professional level, players should be picked on merit,” Rabada told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.
With time, players like Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have had fought well to make their way into the playing XI which correctly sits well with 24-year-old pacer in terms of a transformation.
“You are seen as a beacon of hope in terms of transformation and all of that. People try and justify transformation by using players like us, using players like Lungi,” Rabada added.
Meanwhile, Rabada himself has emerged as a prominent face of the Proteas cricket. Over the years, the pace sensation has done an outstanding job for his team while picking wickets at regular intervals.
Rabada, who opted for an apolitical approach, maintained his entire focus in on his game he has loved the most.
The exciting paceman Rabada, who generated interest in cricket during his school days, conceded he had set high hopes to represent his country. However, over the years, Rabada has improved leaps and bounds to become the world’s one of the finest fast bowlers.
“I started playing cricket because I liked to play sport. I started doing well in cricket when I was in school. All I wanted to do from then on was to just keep improving and, hopefully, one day represent my country,” Rabada further added.
Rabada believes in an opportunity:
So much so, he will provide opportunities to the youngsters at his foundation, which eventually justifies how Rabada as a professional sees at a game.
Rabada, who believes in a fair process, has urged the concerned authorities for providing opportunities to the players. He also admitted the fact that the system was pretty unfair to the particular community.
“I believe in opportunity. You have to give the opportunity. From there players should get picked fairly. For instance, I’ve got a foundation coming up – the Kagiso Rabada Foundation. Right now it should be fair, but just because you are black you should not be gifted opportunities,” Rabada concluded.
Since making his debut in 2015, Rabada has featured in 67 ODIs. He has scalped 108 wickets at an average of 26.6.
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