We all were glued to our television sets on the lookout for some bright young talent during the 2014 ICC U-19 World Cup. It was a tournament which I watched closely and two players really stood out. There were two exceptional talents, one was the left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and the other, that just made me instantly excited about, was the right arm really quick for his age Kagiso Rabada. And in no time Rabada has become South Africa's main fast bowler that the opposition plans for. The world-class talent took to international cricket like a fish to water.
He stands out across all formats, but it is his test record that is special because that's the format most young cricketers struggle at the start in. Rabada averages 21 for his 143 wickets across 30 tests. Rabada is the part of that list that fills the must-have players for the T20 teams around the world too. And so, it was a no surprise when Delhi Daredevils got him on board for the 2018 IPL season. They retained him for 4.2 crores, a price they would've happily paid for the quality Rabada brings in.
Unfortunately, though, Rabada has been going through some really heavy workload recently. In the just concluded home season for South Africa where they played 10 Tests and 9 ODIs across six months against four opponents, and it included the grueling challenge of three and four tests series versus India and Australia respectively, Rabada bowled over two thousand balls. 2326 deliveries to be precise. His body was bound to give in to it at some time and sadly it has now. He will be missing this year's IPL season because of the back injury. It has surely caused headaches to the DD team management and they must be looking for some good replacements.
So today, on the behalf of team COC, I'll try and help them. Here are my five possible replacements that the Delhi Daredevils can look for to replace Kagiso Rabada. Click through the next pages to know who they are.