Kagiso Rabada is a South African fast bowler who excels in all 3 cricket formats. He was born on 25 May 1995. Currently, he stars for Highveld Lions in domestic cricket.
South Africa, Gauteng, Kent, South Africa A, Delhi Capitals, South Africa Under-19, Highveld Lions, Jo’burg Giants, Jozi Stars, KG’s Kingfishers
Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
His first ODI was in November 2014 and his maiden Test took place a year later, in November 2015. In January 2018, he was the top bowler in both ODIs and Tests according to the ICC rankings. After that, in July 2018, he set a record becoming the youngest bowler to reach the landmark of 150 Test wickets (23 years, 50 days).
In July 2016 and June 2018, Rabada received 6 awards at the South African cricket board’s annual dinner. Later, in August 2018, he was named the best young cricketer in the world by Wisden.
Rabada played his first match in the CSA Provincial one-day tournament for Gauteng in December 2013. He was picked in the South Africa U19 team for the 2014 U19 World Cup. Rabada showed great results in that competition, grabbing the most wickets for his team (14) at a 3.10 economy rate. His 6/25 versus Australia was the tournament’s best figures. Critics labeled him the most feared and fastest bowler of the tournament.
Rabada’s excellent performance in the U19 World Cup got him selected for the Lions franchise. He played two matches in the Sunfoil Series season and bagged a total of 7/186. In February 2015, Rabada got stunning figures of 14/105 for the Lions versus Dolphins, with 9/33 in the second innings.
In February 2016, Rabada signed up to play for Kent in English domestic cricket for two months, bypassing an IPL contract to obtain the experience of playing in England. He appeared in 6 T20 games and 2 county championship matches for Kent that year. In 2018 and 2019, he was part of Jozi Stars for the Mzansi Super League tournament.
Rabada played his first T20I match versus the Aussies in November 2014. His ODI debut happened in July 2015 against Bangladesh with him starring in his very first match, bagging 6/16 including a hat trick. Rabada’s Test debut was made playing against India at Mohali in November 2015. He claimed a 10-wicket haul versus England at Centurion in 2016 in the fourth Test of the series. Rabada grabbed 13 scalps including 7/112 in England’s first innings. His second 10-wicket haul was taken in the match against Sri Lanka held in 2017 at Cape Town.
On South Africa’s England tour in 2017, Rabada had a confrontation with Ben Stokes in the first Test and was suspended for the next game for using inappropriate language. By June 2017, he had garnered a tally of 5 five-fors in Tests. Next, he performed against the Aussies at the WACA in 2016 and was awarded the Player of the Match.
Rabada scalped 4/39 in the third ODI of South Africa’s England tour in 2017. After that match, he was put on top of the ICC ODI bowling charts. Next, he grabbed 3/34 and 2/41 versus India at Newlands in 2018. This performance helped him reach the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings.
After that, Rabada claimed 11/150 in the second Test against Australia to be named Player of the Match. This excellent performance helped him go past 900 points in the ICC Test bowling rankings. He was the fourth bowler from South Africa to surpass 900 points after Dale Steyn, Shaun Pollock and Vernon Philander. In July 2018, in the first Test versus Sri Lanka, Rabada accomplished the feat of becoming the youngest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets.
Rabada was the top wicket-taker in Tests in 2018 with 52 scalps. In March 2019, he reached the milestone of 100 wickets in ODIs, playing against Sri Lanka. The next month he was included in the South African team for the 2019 ODI World Cup.
IPL Career Stats
In February 2017, Delhi Daredevils bought Rabada for Rs. 50 million for the 2017 IPL season. He was selected by Delhi Capitals for the 2018 season but could not play a game because of an injury. Rabada played for the same team in 2019.
By the end of the 2019 season, Rabada played in 18 IPL matches, scalping 31 wickets at an average of 17.93, an economy rate of 8.13 and a strike rate of 13.22.
Test Career Stats
As of July 2020, Rabada has played 43 Tests, grabbing 197 wickets at an average of 22.95 and a strike rate of 40.6 with 9 five-fors and four 10-wicket hauls. His best figures in a Test innings are 7/112.
ODI Career Stats
Rabada has appeared in 75 ODIs, claiming 117 scalps at an average of 27.37, an economy rate of 4.99 and a strike rate of 32.8, with 1 five-for. His best ODI figures are 6/16.
T20I Career Stats
Rabada has also starred in 24 T20Is, garnering 30 wickets at an average of 25.40, an economy rate of 8.62 and a strike rate of 17.6. His best T20I figures are 3/30.
Rabada is a genuine fast bowler who regularly speeds up to 140-150kph and strikes terror in batsmen’s hearts. After his international debut in 2014, he established himself as a key component of South Africa’s bowling attack. In 2015, he surpassed Dale Steyn to record the best first-class bowling figures achieved by a South African with 14/105. He had the third-best wicket tally in the Sunfoil Series that season.
During South Africa’s tour of India, he scalped 10 victims in ODIs, equaling Dale Steyn’s tally. He also played in 3 Tests and revealed great stamina and endurance on flat Indian pitches. He played his last international match, before the Covid-19 outbreak, against Australia at Cape Town in February 2020.
Interesting Facts about Kagiso Rabada
- Kagiso means “peace” in his native language, however, ironically, Rabada has shown himself as an aggressive fast bowler.
- He was initially interested in Rugby.
- Rabada operates a foundation to help underprivileged kids.
- His favorite bowlers are Wasim Akram, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose and Shane Warne.
- Rabada scalped Glenn Maxwell as his maiden international wicket.
- He is the third South African bowler to claim a hat trick in ODIs after Charl Langeveldt and JP Duminy.
- Rabada’s hobbies are reading, playing the piano and FIFA and listening to music.