Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is celebrating his 25th birthday today. To celebrate the cricketing superstar’s day of birth, we are sharing some fun facts about the man with you.
- Kagiso Rabada was born in Johannesburg. His father Mpho is a doctor. His mother Florence is a lawyer.
- Kagiso Rabada matriculated from St. Stithians Boys College in Randburg, Johannesburg in 2013.
- Rabada was part of South Africa’ Under-19 side that won the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Kagiso was the team’s best bowler claiming the 2nd most wickets (14) in the tournament at an economy rate of 3.10. He also achieved the best bowling figures of the tournament: 6/25 against Australia A. He was dubbed “the fastest and most feared bowler in the competition”.
- KG took a record 14 wickets in a match for the Lions against the Dolphins in February 2015, including 9 wickets for 33 runs in the second innings. His 14 wickets for 105 runs are the best figures in the franchise era of South African cricket.
- KG broke a record during his ODI debut for the Proteas on 10 July 2015. Makhaya Ntini’s South African record for the best bowling figures in an ODI had stood for nearly 10 years until KG broke that record and took a hattrick against Bangladesh in Mirpur, taking figures of 6 wickets for 16 runs – the best bowling figures by a player on debut. His feat surpassed that of West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Kagiso Rabada is also the second bowler in ODI history to take a hat trick on debut.
- At 20 years and 46 days, Kagiso Rabada was the fifth-youngest player to make his ODI debut for South Africa.
- In July 2016, Kagiso Rabada became the first cricketer to win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual Awards evening, including the prize for Cricketer of the Year. He again won six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual Awards evening in June 2018, including Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year.
- Kagiso Rabada became the youngest player, at the age of 22, to top the ODI rankings after he took 4 wickets for 39 runs in the third ODI match against England in 2017.
- Kagiso Rabada’s first ten-wicket haul in a Test match happened in 2016 against England in Centurion. Rabada took 13 wickets in the match, including two five wicket hauls in each of England’ innings, earning his best innings bowling figures of 7/112 during England’ first innings.
- In July 2018, during the first test match of the series against Sri Lanka, Kagiso Rabada surpassed the record of India’ Harbhajan Singh to become the youngest ever bowler in the world to take 150 wickets in Test cricket. He also became the third fastest South African to reach 150 test wickets. He achieved this in 31 matches.
- In 2018, Kagiso Rabada took the most wickets in Test matches by any bowler that year, with 52 dismissals.
- As a youngster, on Christmas Day every year, KG and his dad would go hand parcels out in the townships. He says, “We’d go around with buckets of food and give to the people who didn’t have anything. It puts a smile on your face and on their face.”
- KG has another talent that he has hidden from the world until now. He can sing! Watch below!
Happy Birthday KG, from the people team.