IPL 2020: Several Factors Behind Delhi's Strong Run In IPL 2020 - Kagiso Rabada
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IPL 2020: Several Factors Behind Delhi’s Strong Run In IPL 2020 – Kagiso Rabada

IPL 2019. Kagiso Rabada, Delhi Capitals, Cricket South Africa
Kagiso Rabada. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Kagiso Rabada, who is of 25 years age, is easily one of the complete fast bowlers in the world but usually offers a smile as a compliment for praises showered on him and believes the execution is ultimately more important than all the research and planning as his philosophy about his craft of pace bowling.

Delhi Capitals are one of the title contenders this season and pacer Kagiso Rabada has been a key figure behind it. While the South African is up there right at the top in the race for Purple Cap for the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020 with 23 wickets in 11 matches, he and his compatriot Anrich Nortje who has 14 wickets in 10 matches have proved their authority as the most feared new ball bowlers with their mix of scorching pace, yorkers and slower ones.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Kagiso Rabada: Several Factors And Many Standout Performers Behind Delhi Capitals Strong Run In IPL 2020

Ever since he broke into the international arena following a sensational performance in the Under-19 World Cup in 2014, there has been no stopping him as he is already an owner of 197 Test wickets including four 10-wicket hauls already and 117 ODI wickets besides being a force to reckon with in IPL where he has 54 wickets in only 29 games at a mind-blowing average of 16.48.

He made his South African debut in November 2014 in limited-overs cricket before going on to make his Test debut in November 2015.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje. Image credits: Twitter

“I enjoy bowling in the UAE and have very fond memories of that. To be honest, it’s been an incredible tournament, whether it’s for the batters or bowlers, you see the quality of cricket and you know, and how just so many games have gone down to the wire, which is overall extremely satisfying,” said Kagiso Rabada when asked about enjoying bowling in IPL

“I am a believer in execution more than planning, to be honest. There’s a lot of data and information in their systems that help you understand the opponent better. But I need to execute all that research and understanding when I actually hold and ball and run up to the batsman.”

“It’s great to hear that, and I’m honored, but there are several factors behind our team’s strong run and I am only one of them. We’ve had multiple Man of the Match award winners, so that should tell you that we have many performers in this team. And I am happy that I am one of them and my wickets have contributed to the team’s success,” he reacted to being a key factor in Delhi Capital’s strong run

He didn’t pull back anything during a recent media briefing about his social responsibility to speak up about causes that are close to his heart namely the Black Lives Matter movement and the influence of Nelson Mandela in his life as he is a man with a clear mind.

Kagiso Rabada – Dale Steyn Continues To Inspire And Is A Role Model For Likes Of Tushar Deshpande

Kagiso Rabada took time out to speak about his team’s campaign in IPL, the huge legacy of Dale Steyn and his personal goals and ambitions in an exclusive interview with Gulf News.

 

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Well, my assessment would be that he’s had quite a phenomenal tournament so far. He has a long road ahead, and a very bright future. But on a serious note, I have enjoyed the fact that we have constantly tried to learn from each other, ” he said when asked to assess compatriot Anrich Nortje

“I am not a big believer is titles or tags really. Dale has been amazing, and continues to inspire so many youngsters even now. In fact, even in our Delhi Capitals side, he’s been Tushar Deshpande’s role model.

“To bowl well, to contain the batsmen, to try and take wickets and contribute as well as I can in my team’s performance.” he said when asked about being a heir to Dale Steyn’s legacy.

“Well, I don’t tend to look at numbers very much. But I want to do well, I want South Africa to do well. I know the current results have not gone very much in our team’s favour, but this is a transition phase.” he said when asked about personal goals in records or wickets,” he maintained.

Delhi Capitals are placed 2nd in the points table with 14 points from seven wins in 11 matches. They have the same points with toppers Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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