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Kagiso Rabada qualifies as the first South African bowler to have taken a hat-trick in a T20 game!
Kagiso Rabada ranks among the best cricketers in South Africa's history. He has cemented his place alongside legends such as Dale Steyn as one of the country's best pacers.
Kagiso Rabada has cemented his place as one of the most feared bowlers of this generation. As of 2022, He has played as part of South Africa's squad in over 50 test matches and 80 ODIs. He has recorded 243 dismissals in test cricket and 132 dismissals in ODIs. He is known for his searing pace, making him a nightmare for most batters who have come up against him. Rabada is known for his accuracy in line and length, as well as his impressive economy rate. Read along to learn more!
Kagiso Rabada has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Kagiso Rabada has an estimated annual income of $5 million. His primary source of income is as a cricketer.
Kagiso Rabada is quite tall, standing at the height of 6 ft 1 in (185.4 cm).
Kagiso Rabada was born on May 27, 1995, making him 27 years old as of 2022.
Kagiso Rabada was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His father was a doctor by profession, and his mother worked as a lawyer. The cricketer likes to keep his personal life separate from his professional life, which is why he has not spoken about his childhood or early family life. There is no information available regarding where he lives, but it's known that he resides somewhere in South Africa.
There is no information available regarding the relationship status of Kagiso Rabada.
Kagiso Rabada played his first game in domestic cricket as part of the Gauteng's squad against Border in the CSA Provincial one-day competition. He was selected as part of the South African for the Under-19 ODI world cup in 2014. Rabada was seen as the best bowler in the squad and was responsible for spearheading the South African bowling attack. He ended the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker, scalping 14 wickets while leading his team to victory. He took six wickets in a match against Australia and distinguished himself as the deadliest and fastest bowler in the tournament. In fact, he was regarded as the most feared bowler in the tournament.
Kagiso Rabada's stellar performance in the U-19 world cup led to him being selected for the Sunfoil Series by the Lions. He could only play the remaining two games of the season and took seven wickets in those two games. In the next season, which was his first entire season with the Lions, he took 14 wickets in a single game against the Dolphins. The cricketer took five wickets in the first innings before scalping another nine in the second innings. His figures for that game remain the best by any South African cricketer at the domestic level.
Kagiso Rabada attracted attention from scouts at the Indian Premier League, but he decided to play county cricket in order to gain experience in the tough playing conditions of England. The cricketer spent two seasons playing for the county cricket team of Kent, where he went on to play six T20s and two test matches. 2017 marked his first appearance in the Indian Premier League when Delhi bought him for a whopping sum of $625,000. He was retained by Delhi for next season too, but he had to sit out most of the season due to injury problems. He played half of the 2019 season before being called up by the South African team for national duty. He ended up taking 25 wickets and was crucial to Delhi reaching the playoff stages. He was the highest wicket-taker for his team despite only playing half the season. In 2020, he was crowned as the highest wicket-taker in the entire league, having scalped 30 wickets in just 17 games. The 2022 auction saw Kagiso Rabada being bought by Punjab Kings for a whopping $ 1.1 million.
Kagiso Rabada made his debut in international cricket in a T20 game against Australia in 2014. His first ODI match for South Africa came against Bangladesh in 2015. The cricketer was only the second player in the history of ODI cricket to have taken a hat-trick in his first match, and he ended the match with figures of six wickets for 16 runs. His debut in Test cricket came in a match between India and South Africa in 2015.
Kagiso Rabada became the youngest bowler in South African history to take ten wickets in a test match when he scalped 13 against England. He was instrumental in South Africa's success. He followed this up with his second ten-wicket haul in a match against Sri Lanka. In 2017, he had already taken five wickets on five different occasions by the month of June. This included a fifer against Australia in one of the most thrilling test matches of all time. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his excellent bowling performance.
The highlight of Kagiso Rabada's career came in 2017 when he achieved the top spot in the ODI bowling rankings after taking four wickets in an ODI match against Australia. He became the youngest bowler since 1998 to have achieved the top spot in the ICC rankings, a testament to his supreme talent. He then went on to achieve the top spot in the Test bowling rankings in the next year after taking five wickets in a game against India. This was the same time the legendary pacer James Anderson was active, and Rabada displaced him from the top spot to claim it for himself. He further extended his points lead over Anderson with a Man of the Match performance against Australia in a test match where he took 11 wickets. He was the youngest player to have recorded 150 dismissals in test matches in 2018. He was only the third player in South Africa's history to have recorded as many dismissals in test matches. 2019 saw Kagiso Rabida getting his 100th wicket for South Africa in ODI cricket, which earned him a call-up to their world cup squad.
Kagiso Rabada was given six awards at the annual dinner held by Cricket South Africa in 2016, which included the prize for the cricketer of the Year. He repeated the same feat and bagged all six awards in 2018.
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