The arrival of Kagiso Rabada to the national side in 2015 proved to be crucial for the team and the future of fast bowling in South Africa. The rise of this fast bowler from South Africa caught the eyes of T20 franchises around the world, with him getting bought for Rs 5 crore by Delhi Daredevils for the 2017 season of IPL.
Kagiso Rabada: Along the Years
Selected for 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup
Selected for 106 ICC Twenty20 World Cup
No 1 in ICC ODI bowler rankings
No 1 in ICC Test bowler rankings
Selected fro 2019 ICC World Cup
In 2018, Rabada became the youngest bowler to take 150 Test wickets
Second ever player to take a hat-trick on ODI debut
Youngest South African to take a ten-wicket haul in a Test match.
Named Wisden Best Young Player in the world in 2018
Rabada made his debut in domestic cricket for Gauteng in the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition against Border in 2013. Kagiso Rabada represents his country in the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. South Africa won the tournament and Rabada was the best bowler of the side with 14 wickets to his name. Following the Under-19 World Cup, Rabada played two games for the Lions franchise in the Sunfoil Series. In 2016, Rabada signed a short term deal to play county cricket for Kent County Cricket Club in England. In 2018, Rabada he joined Jozi Stars’ squad in the Mzansi Super League.
Kagiso Rabada was bought by Delhi Daredevils before the 2017 season of the IPL. He played 6 matches in 2017 and took as many wickets. In 2018, he was ruled out of the tournament. In 2019, he returned to the tournament and took 25 wickets in 12 matches with an average of 14.72.
made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2015. Two years later, he became the top-ranked ICC ODI bowler following his four-wicket spell against England. With this, he also became the youngest player to be on the top of ODI rankings since 1998. In March 2019, two months before the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he took his 100th ODI wicket and was also selected for the World Cup squad.
Rabada’s Test debut came against India cricket team in 2015. In 2016, Rabada took his first ten-wicket haul in Test cricket. He took 13 wickets in that match against England. A year later, he took his second ten-wicket haul while playing against Sri Lanka. Rabada climbed to the top of the ICC Test bowler rankings in 2018. The same year, Rabada crossed 900 points in ICC Test bowler rankings. Rabada ended 2018 with 52 Test wickets, the most by any bowler that year.
Kagiso Rabada made his Twenty20 international debut in 2014 against Australia national cricket team. He managed to take one wicket in the two matches that he played in his debut series. In 2015, South Africa hosted New Zealand and Rabada took 5 wickets in two matches. He was selected for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup. Rabada took five wickets in the three matches that he played in the tournament.
Kagiso Rabada’s father Mpho Rabada is a doctor and his mother Florence is a lawyer. He has a brother Atlegang Rabada.