Want to be a professional cricketer?
The 25-year-old South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has recently revealed the names of the legendary batsmen against whom he wants to bowl.
Kagiso Rabada has impressed with his bowling skills since his international debut. He has played 43 Tests, 75 ODIs and 24 T20Is where he has taken 197, 117 and 30 wickets respectively. Rabada is currently the fifth-ranked Test and ODI bowler.
While Rabada is currently trying to maintain his fitness, he is waiting to resume his bowling. The pacer is pleased to get this off-period, which has been come due to the coronavirus pandemic, as he needed a break from the continuous cricket.
In a recent Instagram live session with his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC), Rabada revealed the legendary cricketers’ names against whom he wanted to bowl. These players are former English star Kevin Pietersen, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, Caribbean legend Sir Vivian Richards and former Australian World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting.
Rabada said, “I think Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards and Ricky Ponting would be the batsmen I would love to bowl to.”
I would’ve been ready for the IPL in March: Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada made his IPL debut in 2017, where he took six wickets in six matches for Delhi Daredevils (DD). While the right-arm fast bowler missed out the IPL 2018 due to the back injury, he finished as the second-most wicket-taker in the IPL 2019 (25 wickets in 12 matches).
Though Rabada had a groin injury, which forced him to miss out the South Africa tour of India for the ODI series, he was ready for the IPL 2020 that was initially scheduled to be played between 29th March and 24th May 2020 but the gets postponed due to pandemic. The Proteas pacer was eyeing this tournament as the last season hugely motivated him and his Delhi franchise.
Rabada quoted, “I would’ve been ready for the IPL in March. I had a tear in my groin, but it healed quite quickly and believed I would have been able to play the IPL if it had started as scheduled. It was something I was really looking forward to, especially after last season’s performance which was, no doubt, a huge motivator for all of us. It was also by far the most enjoyable season I’ve been part of.”
While recognised cricket matches are likely to return soon, these matches will be played in empty stadiums. Rabada feels that it will be bizarre to play international matches in empty stadiums.