Rabada determined to get back to his best against India

by FariedaSeptember 13, 2019

Kagiso Rabada is not terribly concerned about no longer being the talk of the town when it comes to quick bowlers.

Rabada said that he was determined to learn from his mistakes at a disappointing Cricket World Cup.

Rabada determined to put the World Cup behind him

“It’s never easy maintaining a career; I’ve learned that there are a lot of ups and downs. I want to be the best in the world, everybody does,” Rabada told IOL. “You are naturally going to compete in that fashion, I’m not too worried, I’m feeling nice and easy.

“I’m disappointed, not angry [about the World Cup]. What do I do with anger? When a setback comes you want to be determined, you don’t want to change a lot of things. It’s about seeing where you went wrong and then putting in extra work.”

The quick says that competition from great fast bowlers around the world inspires him to up his game. Rabada believes that players don’t place too much stock in media hype though.

“I admire those bowlers, they are good bowlers,” Rabada said when asked about Bumrah and Archer. “However, the media hypes certain players, and that’s OK; I know I have been playing very well. Archer is such a natural talent; Bumrah is doing wonders and that can force you to lift your game. You are not always at the top, that’s one thing I can tell you.”

The Proteas are hopeful that some knowledge of the conditions will see improved performances in Test cricket in Asia. Rabada felt that experience in both India in 2015 and Sri Lanka last year could be useful for the side.

“You need to figure out what you need to do to give the team a better chance to win that is what I try to focus on,” Rabada told PTI. “When you have played there before you will have an idea of what to do in certain tough situations.

“The previous tour we were successful because we won the T20 and ODI series but the Test series was a bit of a shambles because those wickets were just terrible. If I could give an example the first Test match it was 200 v 200 in first innings. If we batted first it was going to be a different ball game because we ended up having to chase the game. We lost 3-0 and we were truly hammered.

“On our recent tour to Sri Lanka it was tricky conditions,

“There is a whole lot of talk about how to approach spin but we will see how it goes. What helps is that there are guys who have played there in the past and I guess what you can do is to use what worked and what did not work during the Sri Lanka tour to have a base.

“When you go there for the first time it’s weird and you don’t know what to do. If you look at how Faf [du Plessis] batted in Sri Lanka, he got good starts which showed that he had played there and knew the conditions.”

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/rabada-determined-to-get-back-to-his-best-against-india/

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