‘We are going to win the T20 World Cup’, says Kagiso Rabada

Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada is confident that South Africa has what it takes to go all the way and clinch their maiden T20 World Cup trophy. But will have to take it one game at a time.

The Proteas are currently sitting on top of their Group D. They were the first team to book a spot in the Super 8 stage following their pulsating win over Bangladesh early this week.

South Africa is also unbeaten in their last three matches. They beat Sri Lanka in their opening match, the Netherlands, and recently Bangladesh.

Ahead of their dead rubber clash against Nepal on Saturday, Rabada said the Proteas can’t afford to be complacent. This despite being confident that they have what it takes to go all the way to win the competition.

Confident of a win

“I believe we are going to win it [the T20 World Cup]. We just have to take it game by game. Because you can’t look too ahead,” Rabada said during a press conference on Friday.

With the Proteas set to go up against Nepal for the first time in international cricket, Rabada is unfazed. He insisted that they approach the game the same way as they did in their opening matches.

“To be honest, I don’t know a fair amount about how they play, but we have our analysis, and we will do our homework,” he said.

“But I know that they’ve been playing more and more over the past number of years. And it’s good to see in the game of cricket that it’s growing.

“It’s another international match, another fixture. And we’re not taking them lightly. We’re going to try and play some more of the same cricket or even better that we’ve been playing in the tournament.” 

Stepped up to the plate

The South African bowlers have stepped up to the plate. They have been doing well since the start of the tournament. However, the same cannot be said about the batsmen, who have struggled slightly with the bat.

The 29-year-old pacer has since given confidence to the batting department. He said that they can’t be blamed for the wickets that they have played so far.

“You can’t judge the form of those batters on the wickets we played on. It’s not an excuse but common sense, and you can’t blame them anyway,” Rabada added.

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