When Kagiso Rabada takes the field against India on Tuesday, he will meet a crucial milestone of playing 50 Tests, but the pacer says he is “in nowhere” and looks forward to serving South Africa for a long time. Let’s hope. The 26-year-old Rabada already has 226 Test wickets and is leading the Proteas’ pace attack. He is also the fastest South African bowler and the fourth fastest bowler in terms of age to take 200 wickets.
“As far as taking wickets, it is the best I can be and there are no limits. I feel like I am nowhere,” Rabada was quoted as saying by Cricket South Africa’s website.
“It’s just about coming back and playing the next game. You can never take international cricket for granted.
“For me it’s about longevity and not doing it for a short period of time. It’s about doing it for a long time and that’s what’s driving me,” he said.
Rabada, who was unaware of reaching the landmark until the end of the previous match, said it was a milestone that is close to his heart.
“It’s very special. I didn’t even know how many games I was in and it was only after the last Test match that it was my 50th match.
“It really goes without attention. But it is something special for me, I have always wanted to represent my country, so it is definitely a personal milestone and one that I will hold dear to my heart. ” It has not been an easy road for the fast bowler since making his Test debut in India in 2015.
“There have been many ups and downs, it has certainly been challenging to continue the good performance over a long period of time.
“It’s been tough navigating your way through the lows – I think it’s been tough enough – and then trying to go through the outside pressures that can affect your game and the team space as well. can.
“Those are things you have to get used to dealing with and things you continually learn how to deal with.
“At the end of the day you almost have to remind yourself to keep enjoying it and remember yourself as this young man who just wanted to represent your country and show the world what you are all about.” ” A crucial cog in South Africa’s scheme of things, Rabada bowled a brilliant spell on the third day of the second Test, helping South Africa level the series after a memorable seven-wicket win against India.
The right-handed batsman counted the 2015 ODI series win in India and the 2016 Test series win against Australia as the highlights of his career.
“When we toured India in 2015 and we became the first South African touring team to beat India in an ODI series away from home.
“Also when we went to Australia in 2016, when a lot of our players were retiring and we had to dig really deep and end up winning the series 2-1 at home.
“Australia is a big challenge away from home and those two series were highlights of my career so far.”
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