If one has to discuss about most prominent speedsters in the international cricket these days, no one could not come up with any better than Kagiso Rabada. A strapping, genuinely quick, 6 ft 3 inches lean built who regularly bowls between 140-150 kph range.
Kagiso Rabada made his domestic debut for Gauteng in December 2013 against the Border. After the start in domestic cricket, he got selected for the South African Under-19 side. He represented South Africa Under-19 team for the 2014 ICC-Under 19 Cricket World Cup.
His spectacular performances led his way for the contract with Lions franchise. His record performance of 14 wickets in 2 Innings against Dolphins in February 2015 was the ever best bowling figure in South Africa franchise cricket history.
Rabada made his international ODI debut on July 10, 2015 against Bangladesh. His debut match was like a fairy tale utopia where everything was just perfect in every way.
He claimed some very crucial international records in his first match. He ended the match with 6/16 and became second bowler after Taijul Islam to take hat-trick in the debut match.
With injury hampering Dale Steyn for large parts of 2015 and 2016, Rabada got his break in Tests as well, making his debut in India on 5 November 2015.
While he didn't quite steal the show on uber spin-friendly tracks, Rabada gave a glimpse of his potential when England came touring a month later. With three five-wicket hauls in six innings, Rabada had announced himself on the Test arena.
Rise to Glory
Since his international debut in 2015, it was apparent to all, that ‘KG’ was a special talent, and in the couple of years he has been around, he has largely fulfilled expectations.
The Bloemfontein Test was a special one for him, as he became the fifth-youngest player in the Test history to reach 100 wickets, and the joint third-fastest in terms of matches for South Africa, after Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn.
After 23 Tests, Rabada has taken 105 wickets at an average of 22.29 and a strike rate of 39.4 and stands third in terms of stats among all time South African bowlers.
Rabada played a vital role and spearheaded bowling attack which set up South Africa's famous 2-1 series win over Australia in 2016 in absence of the top players like f Steyn and de Villiers.
Rabada was suspended for second Test against England on account of verbal abuse to Ben Stokes in 2017.
The rise of Rabada had certainly caught a few eyes by this point as he fetched whooping Rs. 5 crore at the Indian Premier League auction in 2017, to play for Delhi Daredevils.
He played six IPL matches in which he took six wickets with the average of 31.33 and 8.81 economy rate.