Birthday Special: he is one of the best ODI debutants to have records!

May 25 2019 05:44 PM
Birthday Special: he is one of the best ODI debutants to have records!

Kagiso Rabada hails from South Africa's commercial capital Johannesburg, home to the domestic side Highveld Lions for whom he plays local cricket. He went to St Stithians Boys College, the same school as New Zealand's Grant Elliot and England's Michael Lumb. He passed out of school in 2013.

The pacer from Johannesburg, who is being hailed to become the hope for black townships, was brought up by a set of very sensitive parents. His father is a doctor who has always taught him to be grounded, even though Kagiso had a privileged life. Back when he was just around nine, he would accompany his father to the impoverished black neighbourhoods.

Rabada recorded the best-ever figures by any bowler on his ODI debut. He and Fidel Edwards are the only bowlers in the world to have taken a six-wicket haul in their first ODI.

The speedster was on fire against Bangladesh in the first ODI at Mirpur in 2015 as he picked up a hat-trick. Rabada bowled Tamim Iqbal in the third ball of his second over and then had Litton Das and Mahmudullah in the next two deliveries to complete the set.

The 24-year-old is the second bowler in the world to pull off a hat-trick on ODI debut. Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Taijul Islam was the first bowler to take a hat-trick on debut; he achieved the feat last year against Zimbabwe at the same venue. Maybe Mirpur is a lucky ground for debutants!

He is the second South African after the great Allan Donald to take a five-wicket haul on debut. Overall he is the 11th player in the world to take 5 wickets or more on ODI debut.

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