South Africa’s Kagiso Hopes to keep his Ranking up in Cricket series against England

Kagiso Rabada is a South African international cricketer, who is known by the nickname KG, he is one of the best fast bowlers in South Africa cricket team and he plays domestic cricket for the Highveld Lions. He made his first South African cricket entrance in November 2014 in limited-overs before going on to make his Test entrance in November 2015. By January 2018, he had topped both the ICC ODI bowler rankings and the ICC Test bowler rankings at the age of 22. In July 2018, he became the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Tests at the age of 23 years.

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Kagiso Rabada

July 2016, Rabada became the first cricketer who win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual dinner, including the prize for Cricketer of the Year. In June 2018, he again won six awards at annual dinner, including Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer and ODI Cricketer of the Year. In August 2018, Wisden named him the best young player in the cricket world.

His Domestic career

Rabada made his entrance for the Gauteng in the South Africa Cricket Provincial One-Day Competition against Border in December 2013.

He was chosen to represent South Africa Under-19 side for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. For the triumphant South Africans, he was their best bowler claiming the second most wickets (14) in the tournament at an economy rate of 3.10. He also named the best figures of the competitions 6-25 against Australia. After that, he called “the fastest and most dreaded bowler in the competition”.

His performances in the Under-19 World Cup saw him hurled into the Lions franchise for their last two games of the Sunfoil Series season. He drew 7 wickets for 186 in these two tournaments. February 2015, He made a running record 14 wickets in a match for Lions against Dolphins, including 9 for 33 in the second innings. His best figures 14 for 105 in the franchise era of South African cricket.

February 2016, it was broadcast that he had signed a short time deal to play county cricket for Kent County Cricket Club in June and July of the English national season, passing up the opportunity of an IPL contract to gain experience in English. He played in two County Championship and six T20 matches for the county during his incantation in England. October 2018, he was honored with Jozi Stars’ squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 matches.

Indian Premier League

February 2017, Rabada was hired by the Delhi Daredevils team for the 2017 IPL for INR 50 million. 

International career

Rabada made his Twenty20 International entrance for South Africa against Australia on 5 November 2014.

He made his One Day International entrance for South Africa against Bangladesh on 10 July 2015, achieving the best figures of 6/16 on the entrance. He also became only the second player, after Taijul Islam, to take a hat-trick on the entrance in an ODI match. He made his Test entrance for South Africa against India on 5 November 2015. In the 4th Test of ENG 2015–16 tour of South Africa, he finished with figures of 13-144 helping his team win the game. In the process, he became the youngest South African to take a ten-wicket drag in a Test, and the figures were his team’s second-best ever, after Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132.

Rabada’s first ten-wicket haul in a Test match came in 2016 against England during the 4th Test at Centurion. He took 13 wickets in the match, including two five-wicket hauls, and returned his best innings bowling figures of 7-112 in the England first innings.

For his performances in 2016, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC. He was also named in Test XI of the year 2016 by Cricinfo.  His 2nd ten wickets in 2017 against Sri Lanka at Cape Town. During his 1st Test at Lord’s in South Africa’s 2017 trip of England, he was suspended for the second Test at Trent Bridge following an altercation with Ben Stokes after dismissing Stokes on the first day.

Rabada took 4-39 in the third ODI match of the South African tour in England in 2017. Following his performance in the match, he became top-ranked ODI bowler in the world displacing countryman Imran Tahir as per the ICC ODI bowler rankings and became the youngest player to top the ODI rankings since Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998.

He was selected in Test XI of the year 2017 by Cricinfo.

Kagiso Rabada

During the first test of India’s trip of South Africa in 2018 at Newlands, he took 3-34 and 2-41 in the first and second innings. Rabada became top-ranked Test bowler in the world as per the ICC Test bowler rankings displacing England bowler James Anderson.

In the second test match against Australia, he took 11 wickets for 150 runs ultimately winning the man of the match awards. This performance earned him the top spot in ICC Test bowler rankings with 902 points, standing 15 points above James Anderson. He became the 4th South African bowler.

July 2018 during his first test against Sri Lanka, he exceeded the record of Harbhajan Singh to become the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket and also became the third-fastest South African cricketer to reach 150 test wickets in 31 matches.

In the year of 2018, Rabada took the most wickets in Tests by any bowler, with 52 dismissals. For his performances in 2018, he was named in the World Test XI by the ICC and Cricinfo.

March 2019, Rabada took his 100th wicket in ODIs in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka. In April 2019, he was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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