In life you do realise that when you keep things simple, you seldom go wrong. And in Cricket, like in life, when batters, bowlers and fielders, stick to the basics, their performances are praiseworthy.
The ongoing Indian Premier League has given many young cricketers the stage to shine on. Youngsters have come to the table on a number of occasions and impressed one and all.
One such player is South African pacer, Kagiso Rabada who plays for the Delhi Capitals franchise. At the age of 25, he comes across as a person way beyond his years. A gentle, clear and precise attitude that comes to the fore whenever he is spoken to.
Keep it Simple – Kagiso Rabada
The most obvious questions are about the wickets, he has been amassing, and his opinion on that feat is disarmingly simple. At one of the interviews, post the match he said in his uncomplicated way, that he does not think about wickets. His priority is to put the team in good positions. As a bowler the only thing that he can control is the direction of where the ball is going, and that he tries to do to the best of his ability. For him it’s all about what the team requires and what is the game plan at any given point of time.
There are different pitches that venues offer and some are very bowler unfriendly. Kagiso, or KG as his teammates call him said that bowlers can’t sulk because if one wants to be the best bowler, one has to adapt and accept challenges and stand up when the times are tough.
Pretty simple, isn’t it. Fast bowlers are a breed apart and when you are one that consistently bowls above 140 kmph there has to be something that sets you apart. Kagiso maintains that he is happiest when the team is winning.
Hang in there – Kagiso Rabada
In a candid chat with teammate R Ashwin, the latter confirmed that it is KG who always tells bowlers to hang in there, and that he will try to manage whatever the other bowlers miss. Rabada admits that his strength is his pace and bounce, and if the ball swings, then he can get it to swing too. For him, when he goes into bowl he does not think about the batter, but instead he focuses on what he can do with the given conditions. In his words –
“My job is to get the ball in a certain area, and then whatever happens, happens – Right? “
Well said Kagiso Rabada, it is after all the basics that matter most. Keeping it simple really is the mantra and for someone who’s name means, ‘Peace’- he is doing a great job of living upto his name. Simply Kagiso.