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For Kagiso Rabada, Kolpak is a matter of individual choice

The Proteas have witnessed a big talent drain because of Kolpak but according to Rabada, it’s an individual choice.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Photo Source: Twitter)

At 23, South African quick Kagiso Rabada is one of the most promising fast bowlers in the cricketing world at the moment. He has also left a mark in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) by picking up 11 wickets in six games at an average of less than 16. The pacer’s Yorker against Kolkata Knight Riders’ massive hitter Andre Russell that won the game for his side Delhi Capitals (DC) in this IPL still remains a hot topic for discussion.

Rabada belongs to the ‘Born Free’ generation of South Africa, i.e., those born after the fall of the Apartheid and he considers himself luckier than a generation back because he has got enough opportunities to showcase his potential. And this is one reason why the bowler considers representing South Africa bigger than going after tempting financial deals like the Kolpak, something that a lot of his team-mates have availed in recent times.

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A number of other South African pacers like Kyle Abbott in 2017 and more recently Duanne Olivier have opted for the Kolpak deal to play in English counties. Under the deal, people hailing from countries that have free trade with the European Union can work as professionals there.

The Proteas have witnessed a big talent drain because of Kolpak but according to Rabada, it’s an individual choice.

It’s a touchy issue, says Rabada

“Kolpak is a touchy issue. I believe people are entitled to their choices of course. For me, playing for the country is a big deal and an opportunity always to give my best,” the South African made his priorities clear,” Rabada, who already has over 300 international wickets, was quoted as saying by India TV.

On the chances of DC in this IPL, Rabada said the team was young and still learning the art of finishing off games. He was particularly frustrated by the unbelievable loss that Delhi suffered in a game against Kings XI Punjab recently. Chasing 167, Delhi were placed at 144 for 3 but lost their final seven wickets for only eight runs!

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