‘No fast bowler is going to be nice to a batter’ – Rabada clears misconception regarding his short temper

Kagiso Rabada was banned for the series-deciding final Test against England in Johannesburg earlier this year.

Kagiso Rabada | AFPICC might have slapped him with fine or match suspension for his aggressive on-field behaviour but Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada says the perception that he is short-tempered is not true and it is just passion which drives him as a bowler.

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Earlier this year, Rabada was banned for the series-deciding final Test against England in Johannesburg for his angry celebration after taking the wicket of visiting skipper Joe Root in the third Test.

“Lot of people feel like I’ve a short temper. I don’t think so, it’s just passion. Also if you look at sledging it’s part of the game. That’s what every fast bowler does,” the 25-year-old pacer said during an Instagram Live chat with his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals on Friday.

“There’s no fast bowler who is going to be nice to a batter. It’s not like you being personal and telling people about their family or whatever,” he added.

It was his fourth demerit point over a two-year period which made him deserving of ban from a Test match as per the ICC regulations.

Rabada was also suspended for the accumulation of demerit points during South Africa’s tour of England in 2017.

“You celebrate the wicket and after the game, you are going to shake the guy’s hand and respect the craft. Most of the time, I’m not really aggressive on the field. But that’s just international cricket. Every player wants to be the best. That’s just the drive coming out,” he said.

Rabada, who has already claimed 344 wickets in international cricket, said it is his emotions which makes him a dangerous bowler.

“Sometimes, an emotion can ignite you. And that’s when I feel like I’m the most dangerous because that’s when I let everything loose and stop thinking and everything becomes automatic. That’s for me when I bowl my best is when I’m not thinking,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 07 Jun, 2020

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