In the on-going three-match Test series, between India and South Africa, Faf du Plessis’ side had taken the unassailable 2-0 lead with their consecutive Test win over Virat Kohli’s boys.
In the first match, the strong line up of India had been rattled by South Africa seamers as they lost the match by 72 runs. In the second match, the saga continued as Du Plessis’s side thrashed India by 135 runs.
The South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has revealed that their side is looking for the complete whitewash of the series.
“Obviously we know how to play fast bowling and we’ve got respect for their attack. Every game you go into, you want to win. So obviously we want to get a whitewash against India,” Rabada said.
The African pacer also further said that the tourist batting line-up is too much reliant on their captain Virat Kohli as the skipper had fought a lone battle in Centurion with his 153 run knock.
“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 doesn’t have any quality players, they do. But it’s just a fact – Kohli scores most of their runs,” added Rabada.
“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,” Rabada said.
When Rabada was asked about tourists’ lack of preparation for 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,” said Kagiso Rabada.
While talking about India’s competitive spirit, Rabada praises India’s batting and bowling.
“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 South African pacer also talked about Lungi Ngidi who had taken 6 wickets for 39 in the second inning of the second Test and said, “Lungi and I, we played together in the Under-19. We even toured India I remember, but he got injured unfortunately and his trip was cut short. But we played together at school and we have a history. So it’s just nice to play with your friend, from when you were a teenager.”
“Hopefully long may it continue, and we can form a great partnership. I know he has enjoyed bowling with the likes of Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander as well,” he added.