Cape Town - New Proteas star fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has revealed the emotions he went through during his
extraordinary spell in the ODI against Bangladesh
in Mirpur on Friday. The 20-year-old says picking up 6/16 was a "dream" start to his ODI career, and he picked Tamim Iqbal’s wicket as his most prized of
"I didn’t know what to bowl," he said of his hat-trick delivery.
"I thought of the yorker, bouncer or just a
normal length delivery. I ended up going for the yorker and missed it by miles.
It was probably a fluke but I’ll take it.
"The wicket looked like it
had a bit more grass than in the T20’s, that encouraged me a little bit.
went in there trying to execute good lengths, good lines and varying it up with
some bouncers and yorkers that we have been working on in practice sessions."
Rabada says he feels no added
pressure to his international career following his record-breaking performance,
and says he will continue with the simple approach and processes to his game.
"There is a responsibility
that comes when you are selected to represent your country," he said.
to make sure that you fulfil your role. With every game that comes I’m going to
make sure that I’m ready and I’m going to try to do well. If I don’t do well,
what can you do, if I do well then great."
Captain, Hashim Amla, was
equally impressed with Rabada’s performance, and commended his disciplined work
ethic and understanding of the game.
"One thing that works in KG’s
(Rabada) favour and most of the youngsters in the team is that they work
extremely hard," said Amla.
"They come from a grounded background and understand
the game. They also understand that you can be a hero to a zero in the space of
one game, that’s just part of the learning curve.
"From the team’s perspective,
and the most important, is that we don’t have great expectations."
The Proteas take on Bangladesh in the second ODO in Sunday.