India vs South Africa: Kagiso Rabada believes hosts are still very much in the six-match series

Rabada said, "Anything can happen in sport. We need to get as much momentum as we can. We are definitely not out of it. Definitely not!"

PTI, February 06, 2018

Cape Town: A depleted South Africa have not been able to compete against India in the ongoing ODI series but pacer Kagiso Rabada would like to believe that all is not lost for the home team.

India have taken a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. The third ODI will be played at Newlands on Wednesday.

"There are a few problems. I wouldn't say there's a lot. Sometimes when you do badly all it seems like there's a lot more going wrong than what really is happening. So failure is going to happen and its going to happen again," said Rabada on Tuesday.

South Africa's bowler Kagiso Rabada bowls during the first One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and India at Kingsmead Cricket Ground on February 1, 2018 in Durban. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

File image of South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada. AFP

"It is very important we keep speaking the right language. Anything can happen in sport. We need to get as much momentum as we can. We are definitely not out of it. Definitely not!," he added.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have wreaked havoc in this series picking 13 wickets in the first two matches. The Proteas had as many as five different wrist spinners in their nets on Tuesday in a bid to stem the rot in the next match.

"We clearly haven't come to the party. Its not acceptable at all. India are a strong team. They've just beaten Australia (at home) comprehensively. I know they've been playing all their games at home, but they've been playing good cricket.

"It doesn't help that we have been going through a few changes and not been in the best form since the Champions Trophy in one-day cricket. We are still trying to catch up at the moment. Hopefully it comes pretty soon," said Rabada.

When asked about how the Proteas could possibly turn this deficit around, the pacer replied, "In an ideal world, close to the perfect game, if a lot of people score runs and lot of people take wickets. Or you need individual brilliance. We'll take either.

"It's not generally something that we talk about. We are experienced enough to know that cricket is a game of ups and downs. We just need to go back, see where we're going wrong, calm down and do our business on the field looking to turn the momentum over."

The hosts have also been set back with a host of injuries. AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have all been ruled out of the remaining matches on this Indian tour.

Rabada said while this has been a factor, it is also a silver lining for the team because it is also preparing for the 2019 World Cup.

"It gives other players a chance. We've got players who have been playing in franchise cricket for a while and doing pretty well. Those three names that have dropped out of the team are pretty much irreplaceable at the moment.

"So, it just gives guys a chance to widen the pool so other players can experience international cricket. Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise," said the pacer.

Throughout the tour, Rabada has been involved in an intense contest with Virat Kohli. At both Durban and Centurion, he tested him with short bowling, but the Indian skipper rose to the occasion.

"For all batsmen we have couple of plans. Obviously that was one of them — short ball (to Kohli). At the end of the day, you are nice and competitive on the field. Coming off the field that changes," Rabada signed off.

Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018


Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
14 9 5 0 18
14 9 5 0 18
14 8 6 0 16
14 7 7 0 14
14 6 8 0 12
14 6 8 0 12
14 6 8 0 12
14 5 9 0 10

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114