Kagiso Rabada’s withdrawal a big loss, feels Ricky Ponting
Ponting named the replacement who is going to take Rabada's place.
Published - May 3, 2019 7:09 pm | Updated - May 3, 2019 7:09 pm
Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Shreyas Iyer had said a few days ago that his team had less to think about players exiting the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) compared to some other sides. The team also saw a steady rise and were nearing to occupy the top slot in the league tables until they suffered a shocking 90-run loss to defenders Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their last match. Now, the franchise has come in for even a bigger shock as their top performer Kagiso Rabada is set to miss the business end of the tournament.
Rabada’s injury adds to SA bowling woes
Iyer’s side will obviously be shattered with the development since the young South African pacer has been the topper in the wicket-takers’ list this year but it had very little in its hand since the decision over Rabada’s withdrawal was taken by Cricket South Africa since he will be one of their trump cards in the upcoming WC.
Rabada complained of a sore lower back and returned to his country. South Africa already have a problem in their hand over the injury that Dale Steyn sustained while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rabada’s injury will put them under an even bigger concern.
“It was a decision that CSA made. KG had complained of a sore lower back. After our last game in Delhi he felt it went a little worse. A massive loss, but one we think we can cover. We have Trent Boult, who did well last season so he can do the job. Rabada has held the ship up when it came to the death bowling. To have very good death bowlers is important,” Business Standard cited reports as quoting DC head coach Ricky Ponting.
The former Australia captain though believed that New Zealander Trent Boult can yet take it over from Rabada even though conceded that the pacer could be a bit rusty since he hasn’t played in too many games. Boult went for 37 runs in four overs in the game against the CSK.