India vs South Africa 2019: Kagiso Rabada on comparison with Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli challenge and more

South Africa's pacer spearhead Kagiso Rabada speaks about the challenges of playing the Indian team, comparisons with Jasprit Bumrah and tackling Virat Kohli
India vs South Africa 2019: Kagiso Rabada on comparison with Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli challenge and moreIndia vs South Africa 2019: Kagiso Rabada on comparison with Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli challenge and more
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In spite of the absence of several players including Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla, South Africa's pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada feels that the upcoming T20Is and Tests against India is a chance for his side to figure out where they stand in the international arena at a time of transition. They will play 3 T20Is and 3 Tests from September 15th.

Ahead of the series, Rabada said, "I am really looking at the next couple of years. It's a challenge for us, it's a journey. The group has belief in its abilities and we need to see how we fare on this tour of India."

The tour against India will be the African nation's first assignment after a disastrous ICC World Cup 2019.

"The goal is to compare ourselves with the best. India have been a successful team over the years. There's been some changes and our team is now a lot younger. It's a challenge for those who haven't played here earlier."

After a long time, South Africa will be playing without the likes of Faf Du Plessis (unavailable), Imran Tahir and Hashim Amla (retired), Dale Steyn (not selected). Rabada still sounded optimistic ahead of the series.

"You need to look at the transition phase in a positive way. I am glad that I am playing with guys that I have played at school at the age group level and that's fascinating for me."

On interim coach Enoch Nkwe, Rabada said, "I have been involved with him since the age group level. I like the way the team is gelling."

Despite their inexperience the 24 year old pacer felt that they can win against India.

"There will be few debuts. Players who have not played against an Indian team, especially such good quality. We are going to see where we are at here. We believe we are going to win. Its exciting and we are going to have fun."

On his side's plans to tackle Virat Kohli, Rabada said, "Virat Kohli has proven that he is the best batsman in white-ball format. He is already regarded as a great of the game with some pedigree. Playing him is an opportunity to test yourself as a player. I think he is a fighter and at the end of the day, we would like to go and express ourselves and not have any fear. Have fun, play hard and just enjoy the battle with the world's best batter."

On comparisons with Jaspirt Bumrah and Jofra Archer, the South African pacer said, "I mean it's good. I have always admired watching other fast bowlers and it's healthy competition, it’s good that they are around. Like, I said, the natural competition is healthy. It’s a spectacle to see someone running in and bowling rockets. A great spell with skill and execution is all you want to see."

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