Sun. May 19th, 2019

Rabada misses match with stiff back raising CWC anxiety

Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals celebrates wicket of Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders in super over during match 10 of the Indian Premier League between the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi. Photo: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCICricket South Africa have contacted the Delhi Capitals and will assess a medical report before deciding on whether the quick can continue the IPL campaign.

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The Cricket World Cup is less than four weeks away and all four of the Proteas fast bowlers have fitness concerns after Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada picked up niggles in IPL.

Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi were forced out of lucrative IPL contracts due to injuries picked up during the home summer but both are expected to be fit.

After two IPL matches Steyn suffered inflammation in his troublesome right shoulder and was quickly yanked from the tournament by Cricket South Africa.

The sight of the Delhi Capitals taking the field without Rabada sparked immediate concern with CSA who were immediately on the blower to the IPL franchise asking for a medical report.

A Capitals official told Sportstar: “He just complained of discomfort and we got all the tests done because we don’t wish to take a chance with any of our players. With the World Cup round the corner, even CSA got in touch with us and we spoke to them and have now sent them the reports. They will check the reports and get back to us on how to go about Rabada’s participation in the IPL,” 

Rabada is reportedly suffering from a stiff back, a frequent complaint for one of the busiest fast bowlers in world cricket. Rabada’s rise to prominence has been aided by a lack of serious injuries but CSA must do their utmost to protect the cream of their fast bowling crop.

It is tempting to say, in hindsight, that CSA should not have allowed Rabada to turn out for the Capitals at all with the World Cup looming, however, there is some benefit in the paceman playing IPL cricket.

Rabada currently leads the wicket-takers board for the 2019 IPL, proving his death bowling credentials against some of the finest attacking batsmen in the world.

Such has been his impact the Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer lamented his absence in the side’s hammering at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings.

“Yes we know what abilities he has. He’s an amazing bowler especially in the slog overs. For sure we missed him but he had a stiff back, it’s good he got to take rest,” Iyer said.

The Proteas begin their World Cup Campaign on 30 May with a match against hosts England at the Oval in London. They will play two warm-up matches the first against Sri Lanka on 24 May in Cardiff and the second against the West Indies on 26 May in Bristol.

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