Kagiso Rabada – The Young Speedster
Kagiso Rabada is a right-arm fast bowler who plays international cricket for South Africa across all formats. He is considered one of the best and deadliest fast bowlers in the modern era. Rabada played in the 2014 Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup and played a very vital role in making South Africa champions, finishing as the second-highest wicket taker in the tournament with 14 wickets.
After making his presence felt on the international stage, Rabada was bought by Team Delhi in the Indian T20 League 2017 auction for ₹5 crore. In the 2019 edition of the tournament, he picked up 25 wickets, which was the second-highest overall. In the following edition, he picked up 30 wickets for Team Delhi and ended the season as the highest wicket taker of the tournament. Rabada was released ahead of the February 2022 mega auction and was bought by the Punjab team for ₹9.25 crores.
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Kagiso Rabada’s Personal Details
- Kagiso Rabada
- 28 Years
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Bowling Style
- Right-arm fast bowler
- Playing Role
- Current Team
- South Africa National Team, Punjab Team
Kagiso Rabada’s Current Rankings
Kagiso Rabada’s Stats
- Best Fig.
- 7/112 vs Eng
- 6/16 vs Ban
- 3/20 vs BAN
Kagiso Rabada – Key Skills and Strengths
Rabada has emerged as one of the world’s best bowlers in modern cricket. His ability in swinging the ball both ways while bowling at 145 kmph has made him one of the deadliest bowlers in all formats of the game. He generates this pace with a strong athletic run up to the crease while staying well balanced.
On fast bouncy pitches, his short balls are a nightmare to face, while in overcast conditions, he fancies taking assistance off the air, bowling full and swinging the ball away from the batters. His yorkers at the death are very difficult to play too. The South African fast bowler is also a master of the reverse swing with the older ball. These qualities make him a complete bowler in the modern era of cricket.
Kagiso Rabada’s Awards and Achievements
Here are some of Rabada’s key achievements:
Rabada was the second-highest wicket taker overall in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He became the youngest bowler, at the age of 23 years and 50 days, to take 150 wickets in Test cricket.
He holds the record for having the best figures on ODI debut (6/16).
He is only the second bowler in ODI history to take a hat-trick on debut.
He is the youngest South African to take a 10-wicket haul in Tests.
He was the highest wicket taker in the 2020 edition of the Indian T20 League.
Kagiso Rabada’s Indian T20 League Journey
Team Delhi bought the young South African for ₹5 crore for the 2017 edition of the Indian T20 League. It wasn’t his best season as he picked 6 wickets in six matches. The 26-year old was back to his best in 2019. He played just 12 matches before leaving for South African national duty, yet picked up 25 wickets in the tournament. He was Delhi’s highest wicket taker in the 2019 edition of the Indian T20 League and second-highest overall, helping Delhi qualify for the play-offs for the first time since 2012.
The following season, he won the Purple Cap for picking 30 wickets in 17 matches, helping his side reach the final of the Indian T20 League. He has picked 74 wickets in 49 matches with an average of 20 and a strike rate of just 15 in his Indian T20 League career. He will be playing for the Punjab team Punjab team this season.
- Best fig.
- Indian T20 League
- 4/21 vs Bangalore
Kagiso Rabada: FAQs
He is referred to as KG by most of his teammates.
Kagiso Rabada generally bowls in the 140-150 kmph range. His fastest delivery is 154.23 kmph during Indian T20 League 2020.
Rabada grew up watching and learning from Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn.
Rabada made his international debut in T20I on 5 November 2014 against Australia. He bowled 3 overs for 27 runs without any wicket.
Rabada has played for Team Delhi and currently plays for Team Punjab in the Indian T20 League. He has also played for Jozi Stars in the Mzansi Super League (in South Africa).