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‘Tried to stop Rabada from playing IPL’ says Faf


South African skipper Faf du Plessis is not happy with his prime fast bowler Kagiso Rabada as the skipper tried his level best to stop the fast bowler from playing in Indian Premier League.

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South Africa are out of the race for the semi finals in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a heap of defeats in their hands. They lost the game against Pakistan too where they had some chances to hang around in the tournament.

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Now after the defeat, it looks like there are many internal conflicts in the South African team which might be a reason for their poor performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

After the loss against Pakistan, South African captain Faf du Plessis said that he tried to stop their lead fast bowler Kagiso Rabada from playing IPL to make sure that the pacer was fresh enough before the World Cup.

“But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players,” said du Plessis in response to a question if Rabada’s lack of potency was down to fatigue.

“So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they-you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” said du Plessis.

Kagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at an average of 50.83 and is ranked 25th in the World Cup 2019 wicket-takers’ list. His performance against Pakistan was even worse.

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