Kagiso Rabada calls Virat Kohli an immature sledger

Kagiso Rabada is one of the best fast bowlers in recent times. The Protean pacer is a perfect example of an accurate and attacking bowler. He is currently the 5th best bowler in the world as per the ICC Best Bowler Rankings.

Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli

Rabada is also very emotional on the field and we get to witness some incidents due to this. He has been in a situation of exchanging unlikely words with his opposition batsmen quite a few times including the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

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It is always interesting when these two were up against each other as we always hope to see a situation arising when two hot heads come to conflict. And it happened quite a few times when Kohli and Rabada were up against each other verbally. So, while giving an interview, Rabada opened up about an incident from IPL 2019.

It was the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals when Kohli smashed a boundary off Rabada and then the two had an exchange of some warm words. Rabada said that Kohli is a bit immature as he cannot take abuse in return while sledging.

“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,” Rabada said.

He also 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?” 

So, it will be very exciting to watch the two against each other on 5th June as India will be encountering South Africa in their opening match of the World Cup at Southampton.

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