Kagiso Rabada focused on leading South Africa to ODI World Cup glory amid outside noise

South Africa’s star pace-bowling spearhead, Kagiso Rabada, remains determined to guide his team to victory in the upcoming Men’s ODI World Cup in India. Rabada emphasizes the team’s resilience against external distractions and expresses his strong desire to win the World Cup.

The leader of South Africa’s pace attack, Kagiso Rabada, has said that the team is willing to win the forthcoming Men’s ODI World Cup in India and that they are not listening to outside chatter.

Along with current senior teammates Aiden Markram and Andile Phehlukwayo, Rabada was a part of the South Africa team that won the 2014 Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in the UAE. But Rabada has yet to win a trophy with the senior South Africa men’s squad since making his international debut.

“All this drama outside about South African cricket and World Cups…we’re not paying attention to it really. Having been to World Cups and not winning silverware, it’s disappointing … I won’t lie,” he said.

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“I’m willing to make it happen, we’re all willing to make it happen. Winning a World Cup is something that I would love to do. It’s something every player that’s in the set-up would love to do. The only thing going there, once the squad is announced, is to win it,” Rabada was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

Rabada, who last played cricket for MI New York during the first MCL in the USA, is honing his craft and participated in the most recent Proteas camp, which took place in Durban last month.

“We had a camp in Durban, and we just came off a camp in Pretoria. We see really good things coming out of these camps, and we have another one coming up just before the series against Australia.”

“The (World Cup) squad hasn’t been announced yet, but the guys are really eager. We can’t wait to go there. Whoever is chosen, I’m sure everyone can’t wait to go and play some competitive cricket. This process, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it personally. I’m looking forward to keeping going on with the process and just being competitive.”

Asked about managing his workload ahead of the Men’s ODI World Cup, Rabada said, “It’s important to identify periods of rest because there’s so much cricket happening at the moment.”

“You don’t want to go to the World Cup overcooked…You don’t want to go to the World Cup or any series undercooked or overcooked. It’s about finding the right balance.”

Prior to playing Australia in five ODIs, South Africa will first play three T20 Internationals against the five-time World Cup champions. Rabada believes the series against Australia will be the ideal opportunity to gauge the strength of the Australian ODI team. He has 137 kills in 89 games.

“We’ve challenged the way we want to play; we’ve challenged how we want to get better as a unit. Australia will be perfect practice to see where we are with that, and to continue making tweaks.”

-IANS

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