Kagiso Rabada is leading from the front as the Proteas keep their eye firmly on the prize of securing the Cricket World Cup in 2019.
‘I hope it will be our year,’ the 23-year-old tells SA Cricket magazine in the new issue, on sale this week. KG also talks about the importance of adapting to the ever-changing face of cricket in order to stay ahead of the pack. It’s an attitude he pulls through to his own growth and development as a player.
‘If I keep trying things, it takes me out of my comfort zone and it increases my skill,’ he says.
KG, as he is fondly known to fans, has become one of the all-time great strike bowlers in Test cricket history, and his understanding of his own talents and abilities – as well as knowledge of the opposition – is what has given him his edge.
‘As a bowler, I think you should look at your strengths first and bowl to those before you try to get batsmen out by bowling to their weaknesses,’ says Rabada.
He’s committed to winning the World Cup with South Africa… but adds that it’s going to need contributions from everyone, not just a few stars.
‘The team needs to perform as a whole,’ he says.
Also in the new issue:
– Hashim Amla still has a hunger for scoring big runs in red ball cricket.
– Sri Lanka’s struggles have seen the one-time world champs sink down cricket’s pecking order.
– Joe Root needs to up his game before he can become one of cricket’s greats.
– Ayabonga Khaka is ready to put a chokehold on her opposition in pursuit of T20 glory.
– AB de Villiers tribute: We bring you a photo look-back at some of AB’s greatest hits.
– Gary Lemke column: Is the white ball tail wagging the dog too hard?
– Langer’s Aussies carry the responsibility of bringing new life to a battered nation.
– Horror pitches in South Africa have set alarm bells ringing as ground staff battle to avoid another disastrous season.
– Graeme Pollock column: one of the greats of the game pays tribute to another SA great, AB de Villiers.
– CSA Awards: Kagiso Rabada scooped six at the annual awards, and SA Cricket magazine was there.
PLUS: HD Ackerman gives Langer the thumbs up from Down Under | The benefits of being a youthful coach – Enoch Nkwe | Andrew Puttick hangs up his boots | Sinethemba Qeshile has the mental toughness needed for the top | Shane Burger on building semi-pro stars into the finished item | Zubayr Hamza has added steel (and runs!) to his game.