World No 1 Test bowler Kagiso Rabada is working on improving his action to make himself an opening bowler.
The 22-year-old was lifted to the No 1 spot in the ICC world rankings after taking five wickets in the first Test against India at Newlands in what was just his 24th Test.
But he says that he was still trying to improve, learn new skills and polish the ones he has.
‘There is always something new that you can work on,’ he said. ‘I always feel there is a problem. Even those skills that I have, there is always polishing that you must do. I’m not 100% accomplished, I have to do more and more. I’m striving for perfection; you are never going to reach perfection but I can at least try getting there and there about.’
Rabada has made a meteoric rise since his debut against India in 2015, and recently became the youngest bowler to take 100 wickets for South Africa and he is the youngest to rise to the No 1 position on the ICC rankings.
‘I would ideally like to open the bowling but it is tough at the moment because there are two good bowlers opening the bowling. I like to do what the team requires me to do, and set my own aspirations aside. I have been happy with the role I have been given, which is to try and get wickets and defend at the same time.’
Rabada, preparing for the second Test against India, which starts at Centurion on Saturday, believes the key to his success has been the ability to adapt to the conditions, along with being part of a skilled and diverse attack, led by Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, from whom he has learnt.
‘Unfortunately Dale is out of the attack. It would have been an extra bonus bowling with someone of his calibre. I’m glad that I have bowled with him and hopefully I will bowl with him in the future. ‘
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