Kagiso Raba on Proteas pressure and expectation at World Cup in India

South African speedster Kagiso Rabada believes that familiarity with Indian conditions will help them formulate tactics in the World Cup.

A lot will be expected from the 28-year-old and he believes it is about managing that pressure of expectation

Kagiso Rabada discusses familiar conditions in the World Cup
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What did Kagiso Rabada say?

South Africa were dealt big blows when they lost pace duo Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala to injuries just before the World Cup. This puts a lot of pressure on Rabada’s shoulders as he will be expected to spearhead the seam attack. 

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However, the Delhi Capitals seamer feels knowing the conditions from his experiences in India will help him and his team a lot. 

“It does help when you understand the conditions in the various grounds, and having played in India for all these years, it gives you a familiarity on how to go about your tactics,” Rabada said as reported by IOL.

“The majority of our team has played in India, but for those who haven’t played as much, it is important to share experiences. In India, you have drier conditions and they are batter-friendly wickets, so it’s about finding ways to be successful.”

Rabada also spoke about the pressure of playing in front of a loud Indian Crowd, the distractions it brings and the importance of managing it.

“Managing the noise and distractions is really important and I think it’s just about focus and not letting the crowd get to you. But at the same time, it is exciting to be playing in packed stadiums with tens of thousands of screaming fans – it’s an honour,” claimed the South African.