Kagiso Rabada has been stealing the headlines ever since he has bowled well against Australia in the U19 World Cup by picking six wickets and taking South Africa to the finals.
On his international debut game, he got a hat-trick in just his second over and ended with match figures of 6/16 – best bowling figures by a debutant. What else to say about this youngster?
He is just 21 years old but is already termed as one of the best choices fast-bowler for the Proteas in future, after Steyn part ways with on-field cricket. Rabada has been pretty consistent and destructive with his pace, and with a responsibility as huge as this to be the strike Proteas bowler, he is also looking to strike a balance between bowling flat out and staying in the course.
The 22-yearr-old feels his fitness and regime has helped him to cope up well with his bowling in all formats of the game.
“I think the older I get, the hard it will get, definitely,” he said in an interview.”But I’m not there yet. So right now it feels nice, I feel like I can do that.”
He not only eyes for a wicket but also keeps in mind that his speed doesn’t burn him out easily.
“Have I found the balance?” he shrugs. “I don’t know. That’s an ongoing process … There are also some precautions you take to avoid certain mishaps.
“I think I’ve been training nicely, doing what I need to do. I’m continuously finding that balance – how much to bowl, how much to rest and how much to train.”
His 71 wickets from 17 tests show his potential to carry forward his game for South Africa long in future.
“My role in the South Africa team is to try and get wickets, to field well and to try and score some runs down the order,” he added.”I don’t see myself as a leader, no one’s told me that.”
Rabada has also been phenomenal this season for his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. His interaction with teammate Pat Cummins and Indian legend Rahul Dravid during the Delhi camp has been beneficial.
“Myself and Pat, we are basically the same age and bowl the same thing with very similar actions. We talk about different things about bowling, networking once again,” he said.
“Speaking to someone like Rahul Dravid, his batting experience and what he found hard… what he finds hard, a lot of batsmen would find hard too,” Rabada added.”So you get insight, as a bowler, from a bowler and a batter.”
He also praised IPL on having such a worldwide impact on the young talents and giving them well exposure for future.
Twenty20 cricket’s constant innovations have caught the eye of the young fans in South Africa and the country has launched it’s own T20 Global Destination League scheduled for later this year.
Rabada, one of its marquee players, hopes it will have an impact in South Africa comparable to that the of what IPL has had in India.
“Whole lot of people are in IPL because of the money. Not only the money though but money is a massive thing. Hopefully it will be a similar thing in South Africa,” he said.
“Young players would have ambitions of playing in the league. Hopefully it kicks off and becomes a good one.”