Kagiso Rabada, the fast bowler from Africa became the top bowler to reach ICC Bowler’s Chart before the age of 21
Kagiso Rabada is known as KG. This fast bowler is among those players who wreaked ICC top charts only after couple of years after international debut. This South Africa player is now the youngest bowler to take 150 Test wickets at the age of 23. His excellent bowling made him to win several awards and accolades in both international and domestic circuit. Before he was 21, he emerged as one of the fastest bowlers in world, delivering at the speed of 140 to 150 kph. Lately, with leaders like AB de Villiers retiring from South Africa team, he was also asked about a willingness to lead. To this, the young bowler said, although he likes responsibility, but he does not see himself as a leader.
Rabada was born in Johannesburg. He grew up in a city township belonging to native Africans. His father, Mpho Rabada is a doctor and his mother Florence, is a lawyer. Dr. Rabada is from Venda and his mother is from Botswana. Despite of being from a privileged family, he spent his childhood accompanying his father to improve the underdeveloped neighborhood they used to live in. They use to distribute sweets during Christmas and other occasions. Under his sensitive parents, he understood poverty and struggle even if he never faced them personally. Per Dr. Rabada, a special childhood made compassion a natural character in him. He would gift shoes and clothes to kids in the neighborhood as a child. Rabada completed schooling from St Stithians Boys College in 2013.
Kagiso’s father, Mpho Rabada is a doctor and his mother is a lawyer
There is no much record of the bowler before he debuted for Guateng in CSA Provincial One-Day Competition in 2013. He played the first match at school showing up good talent since the beginning. There is no scorecard or even a photograph from the match, but his father could describe it from memory. He was 14 years old, playing at the school match. The team was trying to take the last wicket. It was when he bowled a delivery, which his father called, ‘the fastest delivery he ever saw’. Rabada took the wicket becoming a match winner. Although, it was difficult for colored parents to be in matches, Dr. Rabada attended around 90% of matches his son played in between age 14 to 18.
After a strong performance playing for Gauteng in December 2013, Rabada was selected in the Under-19 team of South Africa to play at ICC World Cup 2014. South Africa nicked the trophy in the season, while he emerged as the second highest wicket taker of the tournament. In a match against Australia A, he took 6 wickets for 25 runs. He was posed as the ‘fastest and the most feared bowler in the competition’.
Rabada nicked his best Test bowling record in the debut against Australia
Rabada debuted T20 International against Australia in November of 2014. His ODI debut was against Bangladesh on July of 2015. In his debut match, he achieved the top figure of 6/16. He also took a hat trick, becoming only the second player to Taijul Islam to nick a hat-trick in ODI debut. While touring England in 2015-2016, Rabada had a ten-wickets haul. With the feat, he became the youngest player from South Africa to nick 10 wickets in a Test at the age of 21. He took 13 wickets for 144 runs in the series. Latter in 2017, he again had another 10-wicket haul in a Test match against Sri Lanka. In the year, ICC ranked him as the top ODI bowler in the world. It also made him the youngest player at the age of 22, to reach the top of ICC bowling chart.
Lately, in 2018, in the match second test match against Australia he nicked several records with the masterstroke of 11 wickets for 150 runs. He earned 902 points reaching the top of ICC Test bowler chart. He also became the fourth bowler from his team to cross 900 points. Rabada was awarded Player of Match. Following this, in the July match against Sri Lanka, he became the youngest bowler to nick 150 wickets in the longest format.
Faf du Plessis, South Africa captain kisses him on forehead as he takes a crucial wicket
The young player made a good fortune at Indian Premier League. He was among the top five South African IPL players. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for rupees 4.2 crore. This made him a millionaire at a young age. Apart from his excellent performance on stadium, his aggression to becomes headlines every now and then. Earlier this year, he was again on limelight for a rather interesting reason. As South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis kisses him after each crucial wicket he nicks, their bromance was getting viral on social media. Once du Plessis uploaded an image where he is seen kissing Rabada’s forehead while celebrating a wicket. To this Instagram post, Rabada commented, ‘my girlfriend is complaining’, pulling out massive humor and fun.
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