It is that time of the year when injury scares make teams sweat. This time around, it’s South Africa’s fast bowling lynchpin, Kagiso Rabada who has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for precautionary rest ahead of the World Cup 2019. The pacer missed out Delhi Capitals’ previous clash against Chennai Super Kings due to a back niggle.
Earlier today, DC’s Twitter handle confirmed that the fast bowler has been called back home to gain full fitness before the start of the mega event. The 23-year-old will no longer take part in the remaining matches for his team at the IPL, which is a huge setback for the in-form Delhi. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 25 wickets in 12 matches.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨@KagisoRabada25 to miss the rest of our season after being recalled by Cricket SA for precautionary reasons ahead of the World Cup.#ThankYouKagiso #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/eUARj0i2Mv
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 3, 2019
The bowler has expressed his disappointment over the injury, however, he said that it’s a ‘collective decision’ for the World Cup.
“It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy”.
His team, South Africa will be dearly hoping for him to recover before the World Cup as he will lead the Proteas pace battery with Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje complementing him.