By: Bongani Dlamini
South Africa’s fast bowler Kagiso Rabada believes that they will have to perform well in all departments when they take on West Indies on Tuesday at the Dubai International Stadium at 12:00.
The Proteas came short in their opening game of the tournament against Australia, losing by 5 wickets and Rabada knows what needs to be done to secure the first win.
“It obviously wasn’t the ideal start with the bat, and rarely do you ever have a perfect cricket game, although you would want both departments to balance out or balance each other out. If you also have a look at Australia, as well, we bowled extremely well, but yeah, their bowling outshined their batting, too.
“So I guess it was probably a day for bowling, but in saying that, it’s no excuse. We know that we have to perform well in all departments. We’ve analyzed what we have needed to do, and the guys are on it at the training grounds.”
The Proteas struggled on the crease on Saturday and that has put pressure on former T20 captain Quinton de Kock and the rest of the batting unit, but Rabada still has faith that they will bounce back from the disappointing performance.
“Quinton is a top-quality player, and I guess he just didn’t come off. Now we just need to look at it and come into the next game.
“He’s a massive player for us. He’s done extremely well for South Africa ever since he started playing. He’s a world-class player, and he just needs to go in and do his thing,” added the 26-year old.
Both the Proteas and West Indies will go into the match having suffered defeats to Australia and England respectively and the winner will get a confidence booster.
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