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South African pace-bowler Kagiso Rabada in a recent interview opined that the foremost reason for playing against India is to find where they stand. He feels that the challenge against the world’s best team will give the team confidence as there are many inexperienced players in the team.
“The goal is to compare ourselves with the best. India has been a successful team over the years. There’s been some changes and our team is now a lot younger. It’s a challenge for those who haven’t played here earlier,” acknowledged Rabada.
Rabada has experience of playing against the Indian players. In total, he has played more than 100 international cricket matches across all formats. South Africa cricket army has admitted that some young players which will give their debut. But Rabada has a positive feeling for his team and he is happy.
“You need to look at the transition phase in a positive way. I am glad that I am playing with guys that I have played at school at the age-group level and that’s fascinating for me,” the 24-year-old said.
“There will be a few debuts. Players who have not played against an Indian team, especially such good quality. We are going to see where we are at here. We believe we are going to win. It’s exciting and we are going to have fun,” he showed confidence.
Talking about South Africa interim coach Enoch Nkwe, Rabad shares that he has worked with him in age-group level matches.
“I have been involved with him since the age-group level. I like the way the team is gelling,” Rabada told.
Kagiso Rabada takes it an opportunity to bowl against Virat Kohli
As Virat Kohli is proving himself as the best batsman, there will be a tough task for the South African bowlers to get his wicket. Kagiso Rabada has belief on the bowlers and wants to express their best in the field. He doesn’t want to get pressure and just wants to enjoy the game.
“Virat Kohli has proven that he is the best batsman in white-ball format. He is already regarded as a great of the game with some pedigree. Playing him is an opportunity to test yourself as a player.”
“I think he is a fighter and at the end of the day, we would like to go and express ourselves and not have any fear. Have fun, play hard and just enjoy the battle with the world’s best batter,” was Rabada’s simple advice for the rookies in the team.”
South Africa will have its first fight after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. First T20I match against India is scheduled on 15th September 2019. In T20I ranking, India is in no.4, behind of South Africa who are in no.3 position.