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South Africa speedster Kagiso Rabada has vowed to keep working hard after he reached the summit of the ODI bowlers rankings.
Rabada’s accomplishment came after the recent three-match ODI series against England, where he claimed seven wickets at an average of 21.71.
While the 22-year-old admitted that he was surprised to have ascended to the top of the rankings, he insisted that he is focused on the Champions Trophy.
“I’m surprised! I didn’t expect that at all. But nothing changes; you have to get into each game looking to do your best,” he told the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) website. “I think we’ve been playing really good cricket, even though we haven’t been winning. We won our last one which will give us some confidence.”
Rabada replaced team-mate Imran Tahir as the top-ranked bowler in the 50-over format, but the Johannesburg native believes that this won’t cause any bad blood between him and his compatriot.
“I didn’t even know about it! I don’t think he did either,” Rabada said. “Even if he does, nothing will change. Immy’s a good guy, we get along with each other in the team, so there wouldn’t be any issue – maybe a bit of banter.”
While Rabada is no doubt determined to be the top wicket-taker at the Champions Trophy, he made it clear that his main aim is to help South Africa win the tournament.
“It will be a nice achievement but I’m concentrating on the team and what I have to do,” he said. “If I don’t win it and we win the Champions Trophy, I don’t really care about it!”
Rabada currently tops the 90mph (145kph) mark on a regular basis while bowling, but he revealed that he is hoping to become even faster in the future.
“We’ll see. With the necessary training… with the fitness trainer we’ll see if we can add some scientific biomechanics where I can pick up some speed,” he said.