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South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has said that his body can hold up to the rigours of all three formats of international cricket for the time being as he is still young.
Rabada, who has been representing the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has fast established himself as one of the most lethal seamers the Proteas have to offer.
However, as he gets older, Rabada acknowledged that he will have to manage his workload in order to avoid any serious or career-threatening injuries.
“I think the older I get, the harder it will get, definitely,” he was quoted as saying by IOL. “But I’m not there yet. So right now it feels nice, I feel like I can do that.
“Have I found the balance? I don’t know. That’s an ongoing process … There are also some precautions you take to avoid certain mishaps.
“I think I’ve been training nicely, doing what I need to do. I’m continuously finding that balance – how much to bowl, how much to rest and how much to train.”
The 21-year-old is earmarked to spearhead South Africa’s pace attack in the future, but Rabada pointed out that he doesn’t see himself as a leader.
“My role in the South Africa team is to try and get wickets, to field well and to try and score some runs down the order,” he added. “I don’t see myself as a leader, no one’s told me that.”
Rabada also admitted that he has gained valuable insight into the game by playing in the IPL as he has had the opportunity to speak to Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins and legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid, who is the Daredevils’ mentor.
“Myself and Pat, we are basically the same age and bowl the same thing with very similar actions. We talk about different things about bowling, networking once again,” he said. “Speaking to someone like Rahul Dravid, his batting experience and what he found hard… what he finds hard, a lot of batsmen would find hard too. So you get insight, as a bowler, from a bowler and a batter.”
With Cricket South Africa having recently revamped and relaunched their domestic Twenty20 competition, calling it the T20 Global Destination League, Rabada hopes it will become as popular as the IPL.
“Whole lot of people are in IPL because of the money. Not only the money though but money is a massive thing. Hopefully it will be a similar thing in South Africa,” Rabada said about the tournament, which is scheduled to be held later this year. “Young players would have ambitions of playing in the league. Hopefully it kicks off and becomes a good one.”