SA vs BAN 2nd Test: Bangladesh Batsmen Got Themselves Out: Kagiso Rabada
While the majority will undoubtedly refrain from rating the current South African team based on its performance in the ongoing series against Bangladesh, fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada is entirely convinced that the future of South African cricket is in safe hands.
The Proteas have won the first Test handsomely and are well on their way to replicate that performance in the ongoing second Test too, having already enforced the follow-on. But at the same time, it should not be forgotten that they were thrashed 3-1 in England a couple of months ago.
However, the arrival of talented youngsters in the team has convinced Rabada that South Africa’s future is bright. At the same time, the fast-bowler is under no illusion that the road ahead is only going to get tougher.
“I was speaking to Quinny (de Kock) saying that all the guys we played with and against at school are all in the team now and are coming up,” said Rabada. “South Africa is in good hands in the future, and getting them involved now, they’ve been exposed to international cricket. It gets much tougher than Bangladesh, of course. You can play them in their conditions and it’s a different story. It gets harder from here. This is not it.”
“I don’t think you can compare a first-class game to an international game, but it feels like one because there isn’t a crowd. It’s very peaceful. We didn’t take (Bangladesh) lightly. We prepared very well and we executed our plans well. They’ve got some good players so we made sure we didn’t give them any space,” he added.
Meanwhile, the South African bowlers were tested more by the conditions rather than the Bangladeshi batsmen, who after getting out for 90 in the last Test, were dismissed for a paltry 147 in the ongoing Test too. Rabada admitted that the pitch becomes more natural to bat on as the batsmen settled down and insisted that the bowler could do the most damage with the new ball.
“With the new ball, there is something in it,” said Rabada. “That’s when we have to do some damage and get off to a good start, otherwise it can get tough when a batter gets in and the ball gets soft, especially on this wicket where there isn’t much sideways movement. When it’s full, it’s a bit slow off the wicket, it doesn’t really zip. The bouncer doesn’t come up as much. There are other tactics that you have to use. It gets harder and you have to be patient.”
“We just stuck to our plans and at the end of the day the batsmen got themselves out,” added Rabada who took 5 for 33 in the first innings.
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