The youthful tearaway pacers are usually the ones that make the news for their ferocious speed and scary bounce. Kagiso Rabada is the closest thing to a 'ideal mix.' When Kagiso Rabada, then 20, made his debut against India in November 2015, the overall view was "potential-great-if-honed-appropriately." What followed was a nice surprise for the South African team: a prodigy who demonstrated with his performances that the nation's fast bowling was in excellent hands in the future.
Rewind to the 2014 Under-19 World Cup, when Rabada wreaked havoc on the Australian line-up with a 6/25 period in which he consistently reached the mid-140s. He completed the competition as his team's leading wicket-taker after driving them to the final with his miserly and penetrative bowling. When he returned to South Africa with the coveted Cup of Glory, his outstanding efforts were recognized, and he was offered a contract with the Highveld Lions.
The fast learner progressed quickly through the Lions ranks under the tutelage of Gordon Parsons, Chris Morris, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, and soon found himself flying to Australia with the South Africa A side. His desire to improve did not wane as he continued to grab the attention of selectors, and in November 2014, he was given his maiden international opportunity in a T20 match against Australia. He bowled brilliantly, taking the wicket of Glenn Maxwell in his debut.
During the 2015 tour of India, an injured Steyn provided Rabada more bowling opportunities. In one-day internationals, he quickly grabbed the show, bowling with maturity well above his years and particularly keeping last-over specialist MS Dhoni in check with 5 dots in the last over of the Indore ODI, and making a renowned Indian line-up uncomfortable. As a result, he was given his Test debut during the subsequent Test series in India.
Rabada's meteoric ascent had attracted the attention of many by this time, with him fetching Rs. 5 crores in the 2017 IPL auction to play for Delhi Daredevils, and Rs. 4.2 crore in the 2018 auction when the Daredevils used their RTM card to keep their bowling gem.
Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to employ scrambling seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket, especially when the seam is prominent and likely to produce deviations off the surface. He also has the speed to reverse-swing the ball against the seam, with both the old and new balls, and has already caused havoc with the old ball throughout his limited Test career. These talents, as well as the control and consistency with which he bowls, make him a vital addition to the South African team, one worth depending on in the long run.
Kagiso Rabada Height and Physical Appearance
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 86 kilograms
- Eye colour: Black
- Hair colour: Black
Kagiso Rabada Family
Born on 25th May 1995 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Kagiso Rabada Age
is 26. Florence Rabada, a lawyer, is Kagiso Rabada Mother and Mpho Rabada, a Medical Doctor is Kagiso Rabada Father
. He doesn’t have any siblings.
Kagiso Rabada is unmarried. Although, Kagiso Rabada was regularly sighted with Sho Madjozi, a South African rapper. Despite their frequent public appearances together and fan conjecture about their romance, the two have insisted that they are simply friends.
Kagiso Rabada Net Worth
Kagiso Rabada has a net worth of $4 million (roughly Rs. 29 crore). His net worth is made mostly of the money he earns as a cricket player for Cricket South Africa (CSA). Kagiso Rabada's net worth also includes the money he makes as a result of endorsement deals with companies like Nissan and Tag Heuer, as well as his commercial responsibilities while playing in the Dream11 IPL alongside his Delhi colleagues.
Kagiso Rabada was one of the 12 cricketers retained by the Delhi franchise from their roster from the previous season of the competition during the Dream11 IPL 2020 trade window in late 2019. The speedster was kept for US$590,000 (about Rs. 4.2 crore). Kagiso Rabada IPL Price 2020 & 2021 was Rs. 42,000,000 respectively.
Kagiso Rabada Records
- Rabada became South Africa's best bowler in the 2014 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, with 14 wickets and a 3.10 economy rate
- In February 2015, when playing for the Highveld Lions against the Dolphins in a domestic match, Rabada set a new record with 14 wickets, including a massive 9 wickets in the second innings
- On 10 July 2015, Rabada made his One Day International debut for South Africa against Bangladesh, scoring 6/16. (On debut). Rabada also became just the second player, after Taijul Islam, to take a hat-trick on debut in an ODI match
- Rabada also has four five-wicket hauls in international test matches, all of which he has achieved in less than a year
Kagiso Rabada Awards
- In 2016, he was awarded as the Cricketer of the Year
- He again won 6 awards at CSA's annual dinner, including Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer and ODI Cricketer of the Year, in June 2018
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