Kagiso Rabada became a household name when he ripped apart the Australian batting line up in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup. He then started to emerge through the ranks at the Lions and in the current season was a regular in the squad. He may have copped some stick in the Momentum One Day Cup, but he has a level of calm that saw him bounce back with one of the best performances in the Sunfoil Series when he took 9/33 and 14/105 in the match setting the best bowling figures in the Franchise era.
Rightfully Kagiso, an avid Gooner, emerged into the national squad and he has now played in four T20’s. His emergence in the T20 may not have been that glamorous as we were about to witness history. And so on Friday Kagiso Rabada got his first ODI game for South Africa against Bangladesh.
His ninth ball in One day cricket saw him pick up his first wicket as he bowled Tamim Iqbal before dismissing Litton Das and Mohamed Mahmudullah in the 10th and 11th deliveries. The hat-trick by Rabada was the 39th in the history of ODI Cricket and the second for a bowler on debut. It also marked the second One Day International hat-trick for South Africa after JP Duminy got the first at the Cricket World Cup in March.
But Rabada was not done there and in his fourth over picked up his fourth wicket and followed it up with a fifth and sixth in his second spell to end on a remarkable 6/16. This itself wrote Rabada’s name into the history book as it became the best bowling figures by any player on debut, eclipsing a 12 year record held by Fidel Edwards. Rabada also become only the 11th player to get five wickets on debut and only the second South African after Allan Donald.
What was probably more remarkable was that it is also the best bowling figures by a South African in ODI’s knocking off the 6/22 by Makhaya Ntini against Australia.