Full name Kagiso Rabada
Born May 25, 1995, Johannesburg
Current age 20 years 172 days
Major teams South Africa, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, Lions,South Africa A, South Africa Colts XI, South Africa Under-19s,St Stithians College
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
When Kagiso Rabada sliced through Australia’s Under-19 team at the age-group World Cup in Dubai in February 2014, his 6 for 25 took his team to a place the senior South Africa side has never been to: a World Cup final. South Africa’s Under-19s won that event and Rabada finished as their highest wicket-taker so it was hardly a surprise when, three months later, he was awarded a franchise contract at the Lions and, before the year was up, had been included in national ODI and Test squads. He made his T20 debut against Australia in Adelaide in November 2014.
Rabada’s poison-tipped pen is his pace. He regularly bowls over 140kph and, even as a raw talent, was devastatingly accurate. He was schooled at St Stithians in Johannesburg, the alma mater of New Zealand’s Grant Elliot, England’s Michael Lumb and flame-haired fast-bowler David Terbrugge.
He was barely out of school when he made his franchise debut for Lions, where he bowled alongside Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Chris Morris, under the mentorship of Gordon Parsons, and was picked in the South Africa A side. In July 2014, Rabada traveled to Australia to play in a quadrangular series. He featured in five matches and took four wickets. He was a non-playing member of the South African ODI squad that participated in a triangular series in Zimbabwe and was then picked for a limited-overs tour of Australia in October-November.
He made his T20 debut on the trip and claimed Glenn Maxwell as his first international wicket – for a duck. Rabada’s star continued to rise when he was named in South Africa’s Test squad to play West Indies in the 2014-15 summer.