Kagiso Rabada rejected match-fixing allegations
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 15, 2018 5:51 pm
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South Africa star Kagiso Rabada has cleared the air after his and fellow pacer Lungi Ngidi’s cryptic messages raised suspicion of foul play in the ongoing series against India.


South Africa have performed poorly since winning the first two Tests. As a result, they lost their first-ever bilateral series against India at home. On Tuesday (February 13), they lost the fifth game by 73 runs to concede the six-match series. The Proteas are currently 4-1 down in the series. But more than the scoreline, South Africa’s stunning capitulation have raised a lot of eyebrows.

The only time their batting came good in the series was during the rain-curtailed fourth ODI. Chasing a revised target of 202, the Proteas had romped home with 15 balls remaining. But apart from that their batting struggled to put up a good performance throughout the series.

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In the opener, they managed 269 despite their skipper Faf du Plessis scoring a brilliant ton. In the following game, they were all out for a paltry 118.  The batting failed in the third ODI too as the hosts were all out for 179 while chasing 304. In the do-or-die fifth ODI, they were bundled up for 201 as India won the game by 73 runs to register a historic series win.

Amidst all this, Rabada and Ngidi posted two tweets and deleted them immediately which made fans feel a lot fishy. Some even felt that the ongoing series is fixed.

“Money is the root of all evil….” was the tweet from Rabada and Ngidi at the same time on Wednesday, February 14. The tweet came a day after the Proteas lost the series.

Not surprisingly, there was plenty of outcry on the social media. But before the incident could gather more steam, Rabada publicly cleared the air.

The pace spearhead, who was fined for giving Shikhar Dhawan a send-off in the fifth ODI, took to Twitter to clarify that both his and Lungi’s tweets “had nothing to do with cricket”.