Johannesburg - Emerging South African fast
bowler Kagiso Rabada would be looking to lay down the marker for the extended
tour of the subcontinent in the two-match T20 series against Bangladesh
starting on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Rabada has made a meteoric
rise to the national set-up following his super display at last year’s Under-19
World Cup and subsequent senior T20 debut against Australia in Adelaide in
Although Rabada has also been named in the One-Day
International and Tests squads, he knows full well it would require hard work
to cement his place among the regular starters.
“To be honest I don’t have the necessary
experience (of subcontinent conditions) so I will go and find out,” Rabada said
ahead of the team’s departure to Bangladesh.
“The goal is to establish myself in
international cricket but only performances will do that for me, so I am hoping
to prepare well. And if I do the right things the performances will come.
“The dream is always to play Test cricket,
that is the ultimate form, so it has been a good season and hopefully it
continues in that fashion in international cricket for me and the team.”
While this will be Rabada’s first tour of
Bangladesh he was exposed to the subcontinent conditions when he travelled to
India with the South Africa Under-19 team.
“The simple things I would say is the
length, the ball sits up there, it is quite slow off the deck and you need to
vary it with your slow balls,” Rabada said.
“You need to be clever in the way you get
the batsmen out, not your ordinary dismissals, obviously reverse swing plays a
role in the subcontinent.”
Rabada admitted his knowledge and
experience of the playing surfaces was limited but he was eager to learn from the
“The senior players will tell you about
their experiences and then you can adapt from that but I think we will get
together as a team and that is where different ideas are shared,” Rabada said.
“They try and help me a lot and because I am
a fast bowler it is good to get their perspective but I think it is also good
to get batsman’s perspective.
“Because they will let you know exactly how
it is to bat and where they get to score and where they get bogged down.”
Although Rabada’s selection is courtesy of
his abilities with the ball in hand, he was keen on proving that he could also
make a valuable contribution with the bat.
“I’ve been working on it, I don’t want to
be one dimensional and I am looking to be and asset in all departments of my game
which is something I pride myself in,” he said.
“The batting I’ve been working on and
hopefully I can score some runs for the Proteas.”