Despite going down in the first two matches of the ODI series against India without a fight, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada has said that his team is not out of the reckoning in the 6-match ODI series and believes that all is not lost for the Proteas as they seek to make a comeback in the 3rd ODI at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday (February 7).
The Proteas have been marred by injuries to key players like captain Faf du Plessis and talisman AB de Villiers with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock also ruled out after playing the first two games. As a result, the hosts have just not been able to compete with a strong Indian team and find themselves 2-0 down in the series, which is Kagiso Rabada is hopeful of a comeback in the 3rd ODI.
“There are a few problems. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot. Sometimes when you do badly all it seems like there’s a lot more going wrong than what really is happening. So failure is going to happen and it’s going to happen again,” said Kagiso Rabada, as reported by Times of India.
“It is very important we keep speaking the right language. Anything can happen in sport. We need to get as much momentum as we can. We are definitely not out of it. Definitely not!” Kagiso Rabada further added.
The South Africans have particularly struggled against wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, with the duo picking up 13 wickets among themselves in the first two ODIs of the series. The Proteas had as many as five different wrist spinners in their nets on Tuesday in a bid to stem the rot in the 3rd ODI, taking place on Wednesday.
“We clearly haven’t come to the party. It’s not acceptable at all. India are a strong team. They’ve just beaten Australia (at home) comprehensively. I know they’ve been playing all their games at home, but they’ve been playing good cricket.”
“It doesn’t help that we have been going through a few changes and not been in the best form since the Champions Trophy in one-day cricket. We are still trying to catch up at the moment. Hopefully it comes pretty soon,” said Rabada.
Commenting on South Africa’s chances of making a comeback in the series, especially the 3rd ODI, Rabada said: “In an ideal world, close to the perfect game, if a lot of people score runs and lot of people take wickets. Or you need individual brilliance. We’ll take either.
“It’s not generally that we something we talk about. We are experienced enough to know that cricket is a game of ups and downs. We just need to go back, see where we’re going wrong, calm down and do our business on the field looking to turn the momentum over.”