IPL 2019: I Just Went With Yorkers and it Worked Well- Kagiso Rabada
Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Kagiso Rabada recorded the lowest-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) super over defended against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 30 (Saturday) at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Rabada defended ten runs in the super over to hand Capitals their second win in IPL 2019.
Meanwhile, Delhi was in the game throughout before losing out at the fag end. The host lost two wickets in the last over as it slipped from their hands only to finish in a tie. Prasidh Krishna bowled a good over giving ten runs in the super over. Andre Russell started well with a boundary before Kagiso Rabada bowled a few terrific yorkers to seal the clash. Speaking after the game, Rabada said that he wasn’t sure who was going to bowl the over before bowling coach James Hopes asked him to warm-up as he would be the one bowling the Super Over and not fellow countryman, Chris Morris.
Kagiso Rabada said he backed his plan of bowling yorkers which came out well. He also admitted that there were a lot of nerves as was grateful that it paid off.
“We weren’t sure who was going to bowl and then Hopesy came up to me and said I was going to bowl that over. Obviously lots of nerves. I just saw it as a simulation and glad it paid off. You have to keep your wits about you and be really clear on what you have to bowl. I just went with yorkers and it worked in the end. I was clear and backed my plan,” he said.
Don’t wish to compare me with greats: Rabada
Kagiso Rabada bowled yorkers with great precision to claim the match for the Delhi Capitals. His efforts in the game have raised comparisons with former greats in Wasim Akram and Curtly Ambrose who could bowl yorkers at will. However, Rabada didn’t want to compare himself with former greats and said that it improves with practices.
“If you see, some of the bowlers like Ambrose, Akram, Waqar Younis used the yorker as a wicket-taking delivery and surprised batsmen with it. The batsmen knew it was coming, but couldn’t do much about it. Those players as also the likes of Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are natural with the yorkers. But you can also develop it with practice,” he explained.
In conclusion, Kagiso Rabada said that earlier he decided to bowl short and slower balls but moved to yorkers which he felt came out well for him. Delhi Capitals will play their next game against Kings XI Punjab on April 1 (Monday) at PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
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