According to South African bowling ace Kagiso Rabada, participating in the IPL helps gather data on Indian cricketers that can readily be sent along for study while on national duty.
Indian fans first became aware of Rabada in the ODI in Kanpur in October 2015 when South Africa won the series 3-2 and he held off MS Dhoni for 11 runs in the final over.
Kagiso Rabada on playing in the IPL
The first One Day International of their three-match series between India and South Africa is presently underway in Lucknow. The IPL experience comes in helpful for traveling teams since knowledge of Indian players can be quickly transmitted for pre-match study, according to South African fast Kagiso Rabada before play began on Thursday.
The IPL gives up-and-coming Indian cricketers the chance to interact with some of the game’s biggest names. Rabada is one among the several foreign players who frequently compete in the lucrative tournament and share quarters with Indian athletes who have caps and those who don’t. Players can discover each other’s strengths and weaknesses through this.
“It is something we have prepared before going into the series. Luckily enough with leagues like the IPL, we play a lot with these players and against them as well, so information can be easily passed around these days. But yes, analysis has been done and it has to be done,” Rabada said.
Rabada is one of the best bowlers for the Punjab Kings in the IPL. In the tournament’s 69 games, Rabada has taken 99 wickets for an average of 19.86 and an economy rate of 8.26. Until last year, the 27-year-old was a member of the Delhi Capitals team. He was then acquired by Punjab Kings during the IPL 2022 auctions.
Rabada sees ODIs as an extension of the shortest version of the game.
“I think T20 and One-Day cricket are kind of similar, it is just a longer version of it. You have similar game plans and obviously it is less pressure than T20s, I would say the processes are pretty similar,” he said.