Kagiso Rabada, the player who made a huge twist in the fast bowling line up of South Africa.

The South Africa cricket has a good legacy of fast bowling in the history of modern cricket. The one who takes this legacy forward in today’s cricket is none other than Kagiso Rabada. This right handed fast bowler was born in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa on 25th May in 1995.


Kagiso Rabada made his first class debut for Gauteng in the CSA Provincial One Day in the year 2013 against Border. He has never stepped back since his debut in 2013. He was then selected for the South African U-19 team for the 2014 U-19 Cricket World Cup. South Africa won the tournament as a result he became their best bowler with second most 14 wickets in the tournament at an excellent economy of 3.15 . He also got the best bowling figure of the tournament 6/25 and was called the most feared bowler of the tournament.


After this astonishing performance he was given a contract with the Highveld Lions with the Elusive Cup of Glory. Kagiso Rabada was the sharpened under some fast bowlers like Lowabo Tsotsobe, Criss Morris and Gordon Patron as a result of which he found himself very quickly rising up in ranking and was soon called up by the National team selectors for the Australia tour in the South Africa A side.


From here he continued hitting up with the 140+ make regularly and got into the eyes of the selectors for the South African Cricket Team. He made his International debut in November 2014 in a T20i against Australia and had hit them hard by picking up Glenn Maxwell in his debut match.


Then it was not long for the ODI debut against Bangladesh where he ended with the figure of0 6/16 which by the best figures by any bowler in the history of the game on his ODI debut.



He must thank Dale Steyn whose injury stricken term allowed him more time in the team as well as help him to cement his place in the team by his performance in the Indore ODI against India where he restricted one of the best finishers of the game in the last over with 5 dot balls and hurting a well decorated Indian batting line up.


Following this exceptional performance in the ODIs he was immediately handed over with his debut in the whites for the South African team which followed the above series against India. But he could not make an impact with the red ball as much he did the white.


As a result of which the team was seen using the spinners instead the seams in the test series.


He then produced himself with a bang as he moved to the greens of English turfs against England and went on to trouble the Englishmen every now and the. As a result of this he ended up with a huge achievement of 3 5-wicket hauls in the same tour. He also played an important role in defeating the mighty Australians 2-1 in their own gardens.


Seeing these performances he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for whopping 5 Crores in the year 2017 and the again bought by the same team for 4.2 crores exercising the RTM card in the 11th version of the Indian Premier League.


His ability to swing the ball in both the ways as well the pace to generate reverse swing with the old ball makes him a lethal weapon for any team he plays against.  He also has the art of bowling perfect Yorkers as and when needed makes fierce for any batsman who faces him at the strikers end.



About the author

A cricket fanatic; Tanmaya Nanda is a BSc Botany (hons) student. Right from his childhood he had a great interest in writing and being a cricket fan. He has now started to write articles about cricket. He is also the co-founder of CRICK ACADEMY and one of the contributors for the blog.


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