I don't see myself as the bowling leader – Rabada

He’s just 23 but it seems like Kagiso Rabada has been around forever in international cricket. Such has been his impact that Rabada is, heading into his 50th ODI, has become the leader of South Africa’s pace attack. But the talented pacer doesn’t see it that way, instead enjoying the responsibility placed on his young shoulders.

“I have not come to grips with the fact that I am the leader,” Rabada said. “I don’t see it that way. I have a responsibility towards the team as the opening bowler. Of all the bowlers, I have got the most experience along with Shamsi. If you look at it that way, we are sort of leading. I don’t see myself as a much of a leader – all I know is that I have got some responsibility. If someone wants help, then I am all out to give that.”

Rabada’s effectiveness was blunted by pitches that didn’t help him during the Test series but the first ODI at Dambulla saw the fast bowler get help from the surface and he made the most of it with a crushing six-over opening burst that fetched him three wickets. He finished with figures of 4 for 41 from 8 overs. Rabada expressed relief at moving on from the “sand pits” of the Test matches.”The test match pitches were completely different – they were just sand pits,” Rabada said. “It’s different now because the pitches have good bounce. It’s more like a usual one-day wicket.”

With the World Cup scheduled for 2019, Rabada is expected to spearhead the Proteas’ attack but the pacer isn’t looking that far award. He reckons that there’s still plenty of time left for the mega event. “At the moment it’s too early to think about the World Cup. We are working and thinking about this series,” he said. “That is the priority. You will be working towards the World Cup, and you want to get to a certain level at the World Cup. But right now thinking about how we need to play here.”

Rabada has so far played 49 ODIs and taken 79 wickets with a best of 6/16 on debut against Bangladesh which included a hat-trick.

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