Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan said that Kagiso Rabada will be the player to watch out for in the upcoming India vs South Africa series, starting June 9. The speedster was the highest wicket-taker among pacers in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as well. Picking up 24 wickets in 14 matches in his debut season for the Punjab Kings, he was arguably one of the top players as well.
While talking about him, Zaheer Khan said on Cricbuzz: We’ve seen how Rabada has gone on about his business along with Quinton de Kock as well. Every time you talk about the team doing well here, they say bowlers win you games. So, South Africa will be expecting a lot from Rabada, continuing with his wicket-taking form. We know the Indian team is going to be strong with their batting lineup so, South Africa will be hoping that their bowling is equal to the challenge.”
The pacer has also picked up four wickets against India in as many T20I matches at an economy of 7.53 runs per over. However, along with him, there will be Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius and Marco Jansen too. And, unlike India, South Africa will play with a formidable squad whereas India won’t get the service of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami following a hectic two-month IPL campaign as well. But, the veteran has named the Men In Blue as favourites to win the series.
“When you look at these two teams, on paper you would feel that this would be an evenly fought series, there will be some exciting cricket, some close games, that’s what I am looking forward to from this series. As far as prediction is concerned, India head into the series as favourites, there is no doubt about it. The home advantage will be with them,” Zaheer Khan concluded.