Today, Proteas superstar bowler Kagiso Rabada turns 24! With 5 days to go to the 2019 Cricket World Cup, we take a look at some fun facts about the fast bowler.
- Kagiso Rabada matriculated from St. Stithians Boys College in Randburg, Johannesburg in 2013.
- Kagiso Rabada’s father Mpho is a doctor. His mother Florence is a lawyer.
- 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.
- KG broke a record during his ODI debut. 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 figures by a player on debut. His feat surpassed that of West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who is the only other bowler to take six wickets on ODI debut. Kagiso Rabada is also the second bowler in ODI history to take a hat trick on debut.
- 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.
- KG also played rugby at school.
- 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.”
Good luck for the Cricket World Cup, KG! Go make SA proud!