Cape Town - Kagiso
Rabada is closing in fast on 100 one-day international (ODI) wickets ... and well set
to feature among the top three South Africans for speed to the landmark.
23-year-old strike bowler currently sports 93 scalps from 57 ODIs, ahead of the
start (on Saturday at St George's Park) of the five-match series against
require a comic-hero sort of performance for him to draw level with the current
record-holder, his veteran squad-mate Imran Tahir, as he would need a
career-best seven wickets in his next ODI - Rabada's premier haul remains his
debut 6/16 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, 2015.
leg-spinner got to 100 wickets in his 58th ODI, against West Indies
at St Kitts in 2016, when by coincidence he, too, registered his career-best
figures of 7/45 which remains the single best analysis by a Proteas player.
But "KG" has
a better chance, perhaps, of jumping onto the SA podium as second swiftest to
the milestone, a spot currently occupied by internationally retired former
team-mate Morne Morkel (59th ODI).
require him to earn seven wickets in his next two appearances to draw level
with Morkel, or eight to claim sole occupancy of the "silver" position.
Even that is
a demanding ask, but bear in mind that Rabada did grab seven scalps (4/54 in
Adelaide, 3/40 at Hobart) in his last two ODIs, at the vital culmination of
their 2-1 series victory in Australia during November.
fall short of Morkel's achievement as well, however, he remains threateningly
placed to elbow out legendary incumbent Allan Donald from third spot: "White
Lightning" used up 64 ODIs to rack up his century of wickets.
Pollock comes in next (68th match), closely followed by Makhaya
current SA mantle-holder, Tahir also lies seventh in global history for speed
to his 100 scalps; the leader is Afghanistan's Rashid Khan (44th
ODI), although most of his wickets have come against relative minnows.
Of the more
frontline nations, Australia's Mitchell Starc rules the roost, having hit the
landmark in his 52nd ODI.
South African to 50 wickets in the format is Lonwabo Tsotsobe, in his 27th
ODI against Sri Lanka at Kimberley in January 2012.
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