It’s difficult to compete for publicity while England is playing Australia for the Ashes and tennis stars are delighting crowds at Wimbledon. If you really want to grab some of the spotlight, you need to do something truly remarkable. This may not have been Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada’s intention when he took the field on his ODI debut, but it’s certainly what he accomplished.
Last year saw fresh-faced, twenty-year-old fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada take the field against Bangladesh. Facing an opposition as strong as Bangladesh was a true trial by fire, but it was a challenge that Rabada not only met, but turned the tables on.
He soon had the opposition sweating as he launched an assault on their batsmen. Granted, he waited until the third ball of his second over, just to give the opposition time to acclimatise, but then he dropped the hammer. Ball three took Iqbal’s wicket, ball four took Das, and ball five took Mahmudullah.
It would have been hailed as a magnanimous showing had it come from one of the Proteas greats, but the performance came from a little known fast bowler. However, this means that both Rabada’s future, and the future of South African cricket, looks very bright indeed. So, if you don’t know anything about this young man, it’s time to brush up because it won’t be long until you’ll be discussing this rising star in depth.
To help you learn a little more about Rabada, we’ve compiled a little list of facts about South Africa’s newest hero.
Interesting Facts about Proteas Bowler Kagiso Rabada
- He’s a Johannesburg Resident: Rabada plays domestically for the Highveld Lions, and went to St Stithians – the school which also produced international cricketers Michael Lumb and Grant Elliot.
- He Holds a Record: Rabada recorded the finest figures of any cricketer on an ODI debut. He took a staggering six wickets on his debut; a feat that has only been matched by Fidel Edwards. His wicket haul surpassed that of Allan Donald’s debut haul, which was five wickets.
- He’s Making History: Rabada is only the second bowler ever to take a hat-trick on his debut. Interestingly, the first bowler to accomplish this came from Bangladesh – the team that felt the force of Rabada’s debut last year.
- He’s No Overnight Success: Rabada was the star of the 2014 Under-19 World Cup, held in the UAE. He took 14 wickets on his way to helping South Africa secure the cup.
- He Comes Out Swinging: Aside from his ODI debut, Rabada also had a brilliant T20 debut, dismissing Glenn Maxwell for a duck.
With so many feathers in his cap this early in his career, we can only wait with baited breath to see what Kagiso Rabada does for the Proteas in years to come.
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