Kagiso Rabada, South Africa bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Aggressive and intelligent, Rabada is a complete package Proteas are lucky to have

Rabada would seem to have it all: pace, athleticism, intelligence, aggression, and more than a touch of batting ability. If he can’t win a senior World Cup for South Africa, no-one can.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 18:40:44 IST

Of the many ways in which Kagiso Rabada’s worth to South Africa’s cause could be measured — wickets taken, bowling average, five or 10-wicket-hauls claimed, replica shirts sold — one stands out.

File image of Kagiso Rabada. AFP

File image of Kagiso Rabada. AFP

It’s that Cricket South Africa didn’t flinch at hiring Dali Mpofu, one of the country’s most high profile, and thus most expensive, Senior Counsels in March last year to fight the fast bowler’s corner in his appeal against what would have amounted to a ban.

Rabada had landed in trouble for shoulder-charging or shoulder-brushing — it depends on who you ask — Steve Smith at St George’s Park after dismissing the then Australia captain, and his punishment would have triggered a suspension.

Mpofu emerged from his pinstriped world, got Rabada off the hook, and normal service resumed for unarguably the biggest star to shine on South African cricket in recent years.

Tall, athletic and raspingly competitive, Rabada would seem to have been born a fast bowler. But, until he went to high school, he was more interested in playing rugby for a living. From there, things happened fast.

He was the jewel in what became South Africa’s crown of triumph at the 2014 under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he took 6/25 in the semi-final against Australia and finished as his team’s highest wicket-taker with 14 at an average of 10.28.

Rabada made his senior international debut eight months later in a T20 against Australia in Adelaide, and a year after that he been capped in all three formats.

The first of his nine five-wicket hauls in Test cricket came in his fifth match in whites, against England at the Wanderers in January 2016, and before that series was over he had two more and with it a haul of 13/144 in Centurion — the first of four 10-wicket efforts.

Rabada would seem to have it all: pace, athleticism, intelligence, aggression, and more than a touch of batting ability. If he can’t win a senior World Cup for South Africa, no-one can.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:43:19 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254