South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who earned the man of the match for his 11 wickets haul in the second test against Australia has been suspended by ICC after found guilty of making contact with Australian captain Steve Smith and gave a send-off to David Warner in the second test.
The young South African was clinical in South Africa’s dominance in the second Port-Elizabeth test where he ripped through Australian batting line-up in both the innings. Now with Rabada suspended, South African bowling attack will take a huge blow. Kagiso Rabada himself has admitted that he is letting his team down.
I am letting my team and myself down, says Rabada
Speaking with the reporters after the match, the fast bowler said he has to control himself. “It’s going to have to stop. I can’t keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down. I have to move forward. I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake. I am not happy about it but time moves on”, says Rabada.
After brushing off the shoulders with Australian Captain Steve Smith in first innings and his loud send-off to David Warner in the second innings, Rabada has been charged with both level 1 and level 2 offence. This has taken his total tally of demerit points to 9, which leads to the two-match ban.
There are a lot of grey areas but rules are rules, adds Kagiso Rabada
Rabada also adds that he did not feel the contact with Smith. “There are a lot of grey areas but rules are rules. The reason why we went for a hearing because we believe that there’s not a lot of consistency. If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn’t have gone to contest. I didn’t even feel contact at that moment because I was so pumped up. It’s the same as with Lord’s. I didn’t try and appeal (the charge at that time) because I knew I did it”, further adds South African.
South African batsman AB De Villiers also said Rabada needs to be smart and the senior players have to help him in controlling his emotions. Former great West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has also said that Rabada gets carried away and he needs to control his emotions. The former legend has spoken with Rabada a few times about it.