South Africa made their exit from the competition official after their defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s. One of the key reasons behind the Proteas’ failure was Rabada’s poor form which took a huge toll on the team who were devoid of Dale Steyn in the first place.
In a surprising revelation, South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis has revealed that he along with the management tried to stop Kagiso Rabada from participating in the IPL for the Delhi Capitals.
The details were revealed when Faf Du Plessis was asked whether Rabada’s inconsistency was as a result of fatigue or not. Despite having a stellar tournament for the franchise, Rabada was subsequently called back home as a result of a back injury which saw him miss out the fag end of the tournament.
Du Plessis noted that Rabada’s pace was a touch down during the ongoing World Cup and elaborated the situation. He said:
“I mean, I spoke about it before the IPL even started, that it’s important that we try and find space to rest our three-format players, because they play all the formats all the time, and then IPL.
“So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t mean that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,”
But the skipper certainly believes that the young speedster would be back to his fiery best in no time. He stated:
“So that will be something that KG will need to…you know, he’s a great bowler. He will be able to fix that. His career has been one that’s been probably just going up and up and up and up and up every time he’s played for us. This is probably his first stumbling block as a great fast bowler. So for him now, it will be to show how he responds, how he learns in this period and how he makes sure he gets better. Because he has been great for us, but now he needs to take stock of where his bowling is and then try and get better as a bowler,”