Town - Kagiso Rabada believes that the future of Proteas cricket is on good
hands, given the recent emergence of a number of young players in the national
Speaking specifically about the
fast bowling department, the 22-year-old believes that "the future is
Rabada, who is currently the
second-ranked bowler in Test cricket, looked on as team-mate and debutant Lungi
Ngidi blew the Indian batsmen away in the second innings of the second Test in
Pretoria this week.
Ngidi, still just 21, finished
with 6/39 in that innings to claim the man-of-the-match accolade as the Proteas
won by 135 runs to take a 2-0 led in the three-match series.
"The future is right now,
what you see with all the bowlers coming up," Rabada said on Thursday.
"Duanne (Olivier) did well
in England and it was a good experience for him, Lungi has done really well in
his first Test, Andile (Phehlukwayo) has got quite a bit of experience in ODI
cricket ... the future is now."
Rabada said he was did not see
himself as a senior figure now that Ngidi has broken into the side.
"We played against and with
each other as teenagers," Rabada said.
"Against each other at
school and then we played together at SA U-19. It's just nice to play with a
The Proteas now travel to
Wanderers for the third and final Test against India starting on Wednesday, and
the do so in good spirits.
"It's great vibes and it's
always good when you're winning, which is something we've been doing for quite
some time," he said.
"The team is gelling very
well. We've got a great culture in the team and a respect for each other."