IPL 2018: Injury to Rabada a blessing for South Africa, says Allan Donald

Kagiso Rabada is missing the IPL season because of a back injury.

kagiso Rabada pic credit IPL

Kagiso Rabada is only 22 years old, but the right-arm really quick fast bowler from South Africa has already bowled a lot in international cricket. Picked at a very young age in the modern day game, Rabada's workload has been immense and is something that has been a concern for his country. 

He was picked to play for the Delhi Daredevils for this Indian Premier League season, but couldn't arrive to play because of a back injury. He was hit by that after having gone a long, grueling four-Test series at home against Australia recently. Rabada picked up 23 wickets and having played the pivotal role in South Africa winning the series 3-1, was bestowed with the man of the series award. 

On his game and the injury, one of South Africa's legendary fast bowler Allan Donal has been quoted saying, "I think what happened to Rabada is probably a blessing in disguise because the bloke is knackered - he just didn't look like he had anything in him in that last innings in Joburg, I mean that in a very nice way with his injury as he can have time to rest because at the moment he's not getting any of that," 

Rabada missing the IPL has not helped Delhi's case but it has him, it has allowed him to rest well after having gone through a lot of cricket. 

Rabada has already played 30 Tests, taking 143 wickets at an average of 21.59 for South Africa. Donald further stated in praise that, "He's our frontman at the moment he is just an absolute gift, He's the best young fast bowler going around right now." 

Looking ahead to South Africa's next assignment that is in Srilanka, Donald also talked about the adjustment the fast bowling group will have to make in the subcontinent. He said, "It's a seriously talented, young fast-bowling group," 

"Dale Steyn is not there at the moment, he's making his way back he'll play in Sri Lanka by all accounts and there's young Ngidi, Vernon does what Vernon does - if there's anything in the wicket he'll expose it. It's going to be a different story in Sri Lanka though, that's for sure,"

"They will be tested severely in Sri Lanka, and it's not going to seam much, but they've got a great bunch of guys with a lot of skill there and great leadership too." 

(Inputs from TOI)

By Kashish Chadha - 08 May, 2018

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