Delhi Capitals have suffered a big blow prior to the IPL 2019 playoffs as their pacer Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the tournament due to a back niggle. The right-arm pacer had a back issue in the previous match, as revealed by captain Shreyas Iyer then.
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He was rested from the previous tie against Chennai Super Kings along with Ishant Sharma. Reports had suggested that Cricket South Africa had also inquired about the fitness of Rabada and now, he has been ruled out of the tournament due to a back issue.
“It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” Rabada said in a statement.
Though it seems to be a precautionary measure ahead of World Cup 2019. Rabada is a key player in South Africa’s World Cup squad and Cricket South Africa cannot risk him in IPL.
Dale Steyn, their key pacer, is already in doubt for the World Cup and is facing a race against time to get fit for the tournament. He was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile but was ruled out after just a few games due to a shoulder issue.
Rabada leaves IPL as the highest wicket-taker with 25 scalps in 12 matches that he played. The pacer is facing competition from his fellow South African player Imran Tahir, who has 21 scalps alongside his name.
Tahir is set to play at least three more matches in this season and will have a chance to race past Rabada on the list.
Moving ahead, Delhi Capitals now face Rajasthan Royals in their next game of the tournament. They have already qualified for the next round but a win in that match can see them finish in the top two in the points table. A finish in the top two gives a team two chances to qualify for the final of IPL.
Presently, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals hold a chance to finish in top two but only two of them will acquire that spots.
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