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Kagiso Rabada and Proteas team-mates. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix

Rabada: It’s about being the best I can be!

As Kagiso Rabada prepares to play his 50th Test match, the Proteas star has said he is ‘nowhere near done’.

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Kagiso Rabada and Proteas team-mates. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix

Rabada is undoubtedly the spearhead of the Proteas’ pace-bowling attack, but there have been persistent questions in recent times over an apparent downturn in form.


Besides appearing to bowl with less intensity and ferocity, Rabada’s speed of delivery has seemed to be waning, while he has also struggled with regular no-balls – particularly in the ongoing series against India.

Although the talented 26-year-old still has an immensely impressive Test record of 226 wickets at an average of 22.57, Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar interestingly revealed that an honest conversation was needed to push the fast bowler to rediscover a spark that had been missing at times in the recent past.

As it turned out, there were clear signs of the “old Rabada” when he produced a stunning spell of bowling in India’s second innings of the second Test, which saw him dismiss the dangerous Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rishabh Pant all in quick succession to “break the game open”.

In the end, India were bowled out for 266, with Rabada returning figures of 3-77 to help inspire the Proteas to memorable victory.

It was a timely return to form for the talented fast bowler, who is now set to reach an important milestone when the third Test between the Proteas and India start in Cape Town on Tuesday.

“I think it’s quite special. I didn’t even know how many games I was on. I only found out after the last Test match,” said Rabada.

“It kind of goes by without you even noticing it, but it’s something special for me. I’ve always wanted to represent my country and this is definitely a personal milestone and one that I’ll hold dear to my heart.

“There have been a lot of ups and downs and it’s definitely challenging to keep good performances going for a long amount of time and also navigate your way through the lows.

“That’s quite tough and there are external pressures that can influence your game and also the team space. Those are things that you have to deal with and that you constantly get better at dealing with.

“At the end of the day you have to remind yourself to keep enjoying it and remember this child or teenager that just wanted to represent your country and show the world what you’re about.

“As much as it is about getting wickets, it’s about being the best I can be and there is no limit to that,” Rabada added.

“I feel like I’m nowhere near done, so it’s just about coming back and playing the next game.”