The South African pacer, Kagiso Rabada has been known for wearing heart on his sleeves whenever his steps out on the field. He leaves no stone unturned on the field and sometimes it leads to emotional outbursts. Time and again, the pacer has been seen ending in an on-field banter with the opposition players. His duel with India skipper Virat Kohli is perhaps the most interesting banters in the game nowadays.
Every time, Rabada is up against Kohli, one can expect some entertainment on the field. Virat dispatching Rabada for a boundary, Rabada beating Kohli’s bat with a beauty followed by some verbal banters are the prominent features of this duel. Rabada recent shared his side of the duel and revealed an incident from this year’s IPL when the two squared off.
When Delhi Capitals (DC) took on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at their home during the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kohli had hit Rabada for a four. At the end of the over, Rabada and Virat were seen getting invl=olved in a heated exchange of words. Kagiso revealed the incident and also said that Kohli cannot take abuse in return after initiating it.
As per the quotes in ESPNCricinfo, Rabada said, “I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse. But those things can’t distract you.”
He further added, “In fact, for me, it just wakes me up, if anything. If somebody comes to me and says, “I’m going to hit you. I’m going to clobber you. You are soft”, it wakes me up because – it’s a fight-or-flight response. In the next over you bowled with a bit more pace into Kohli’s body, and he found it hard to get away. Did that exchange rev you up to come back hard and push him onto the back foot?”
Well, the two will be facing each other once again next week when India take on South Africa in the ongoing World Cup on June 5.