South Africa have an advantage heading into ODI World Cup in India because of IPL: Kagiso Rabada

By India Today Sports Desk: South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada feels that playing in the IPL will give the Proteas an advantage going into the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

Rabada and the Proteas are enjoying their time off from cricket ahead of their white-ball series against Australia in August before heading to India for the ICC event.

South Africa are yet to win an ICC event and will be looking to get off the mark during the World Cup in India. The pacer was one among many South African players who had played in the IPL 2023 season.

Speaking to IOL, Rabada said that it can be tough for a fast bowler playing in India and said the challenge for him will be to grasp the basic information quickly. The 28-year-old said that the Proteas will have an advantage heading into the ICC tournament as they have been involved in the IPL for many years and have played in most of the grounds.

“Playing in India is really tough as a fast bowler on some of those wickets,” said Rabada, who has played 89 ODIs and taken 137 wickets in the format.

“I guess the challenge now, at the age that I am, is to know (and understand) the basic information that a newbie wouldn’t know. You are always learning and always looking to be as effective as you can be on different wickets."

“It is all about reading (the pitch) better and that is in combination with the goals that you set. Those two go in tandem – reading the conditions and executing your skills."

“It sounds very nonchalant and easy to say, but it is a very rigorous process and a tough one. That is the process that I am currently involved in. That is where I am."

“Heading into the World Cup in India, I do think that we have an advantage because we have played in the IPL for so many years. We have played at most of the grounds, if not all, so we understand those conditions.”

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