IPL auction 2018: To say that Kagiso Rabada is the personification of a tornado, would be an understatement. Rabada has had a phenomenal journey in international cricket and there is no format he has not performed exceptionally well in. He has left people awestruck with his bowling and there no doubt that South Africa has bright future with him in the team. The right-hand fast bowler is already a regular in the star studded South African fast-bowling attack and gave a trailer of his abilities in IPL 10, playing for the Delhi Daredevils. Bought for Rs 5 crore last year, Rabada was picked by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 4.2 crore in IPL auction 2018.
Rabad can consistently bowl at a lightening speed of 140kmph- 150kmph, making him one of the most exciting young pacers of the current generation. What adds to his powerful attack is the fact that his ball swings both ways without hampering the speed. This ability of Kagiso Rabada makes him stand out from the rest of his contemporaries.
Rabada first caught everybody’s eyes with his performance in 2014 Under-19 World Cup semi-final. The 21-year-old cricketer took 6 wickets for 25 against Australia and needless to say, won South Africa the title. It was not long before that he signed his franchise contract with Lions and by the end of the year, he had been included in the national One Day International and Test squads. He continued to mesmerise people with his performance the next year and proved himself in the longer format as well.
The talent-hound did not look back after that, he went on to become the youngest South African bowler to ever take 10 wickets in a match and with that left the side completely baffled. Kagiso Rabada made his T20 debut in 2014. Given that he is just 22-year-old, Rabada is a great investment for the IPL teams. He is equally good in the death overs as he is with the new ball. He has really matured as a cricketer in last 12 months forcing the likes of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn to sit out of the South African side on various occassions. Don’t be surprised if Rabada pulls off an exciting last over finish for his side in this year’s IPL.