South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada has made it clear that his side are gunning for a whitewash against India going into the Wanderers Test.
The hosts sealed the series with a convincing 135-run victory at Centurion, after overcoming Virat Kohli’s men by 72 runs in Cape Town. “Obviously we know how to play fast bowling and we’ve got respect for their attack,” said Rabada according to PTI. Every game you go into, you want to win. So obviously we want to get a whitewash against India.”
Rabada also stated that India do rely on Virat Kohli to score the runs but that was also the case when it came to the South African side. “I think they do rely on him. But it is just like we rely on a couple of players too. I’m not saying India don’t have any quality players, they do. But it’s just a fact – Kohli scores most of their runs. It is really enjoyable bowling to the likes of him. He was named ICC Player of the Year (sic), so it’s quite cool to go up against the best.”
When asked about India’s lack of preparation going into the series, he said, “I don’t know what’s going on in their preparation. That’s not something we want to look at really. We’ve got no concern with their preparation. We’re concerned with how we want to get them out and how we want to win against them. I’m not going to diagnose their problems.”
The youngster though believes that the Indian attack has been impressive in the two Tests. India’s biggest problem over the years has been its inability to take 20 wickets, which the current attack has done in Cape Two and Centurion.
“The fast bowlers are excited to bowl at the Wanderers. We always are as it has pace, bounce and swing. Bumrah is a very good bowler, he’s already opening the bowling now. He’s done very well with the one-day stuff and now he’s doing very well in the Test matches too. Mohammed Shami is very experienced and got some pace. Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who caused a lot of trouble in Cape Town, they’ve got good fast bowlers,” said Rabada.
The 22-year-old said playing India is a challenge though there is a disparity between their overseas record since 2011 and their record home-run in the 2015-17 period.
“Playing against the Indians is extremely challenging. They are known for their great batsmen and they’ve got really good bowlers as well. So they are very competitive, they’re throwing everything they have at us, and their batsmen want to make a statement. They’ve made a statement everywhere else in the world, and they wanted to come here and really beat us. So things are going to get a bit messy out there. But that’s just the nature of it, with two quality sides coming against each other. Off the field, we’re friends,” he added.
The Proteas won the second Test by 135 runs to clinch the series and Rabada said that their team effort helped them to beat India.
“It’s nice to see youngsters step up like Lungi Ngidi, he stepped up. Aiden Markram stepped up in the first innings. It was also nice to see Hashim Amla get some runs, AB de Villiers came in and played a very crucial knock in the second innings. He’s just got the ability to speed the game up and not get out at the same time. So he played very well, I thought that was a very key moment. And also the way Dean Elgar hung with him.”