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Full name Kagiso Rabada
Born May 25, 1995, Johannesburg
Current age 19 years 307 days
Major teams South Africa, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, Lions, South Africa A, South Africa Colts XI, South Africa Under-19s, St Stithians College
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|T20I debut||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 9, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Gauteng v Easterns at Johannesburg, Mar 13-15, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Dolphins v Lions at Durban, Mar 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Border v Gauteng at East London, Dec 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warriors v Lions at East London, Feb 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Griqualand West v Gauteng at Kimberley, Jan 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 9, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|16, 0/67, 2/59||Lions||v Dolphins||Durban||19 Mar 2015||FC|
|1/43, 22, 3/52||Lions||v Knights||Bloemfontein||12 Mar 2015||FC|
|2/46, 0, 1/40||Lions||v Warriors||East London||26 Feb 2015||FC|
|5/72, 19, 9/33||Lions||v Dolphins||Johannesburg||19 Feb 2015||FC|
|1/75||Lions||v Warriors||East London||8 Feb 2015||LA|
|4/51||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Benoni||5 Feb 2015||LA|
|22, 0/37||Lions||v Knights||Johannesburg||30 Jan 2015||LA|
|4/67, 0||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Kimberley||28 Jan 2015||LA|
|11, 1/47||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Bloemfontein||25 Jan 2015||LA|
|1/36, 5, 3/94||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Bloemfontein||18 Jan 2015||FC|
When Kagiso Rabada sliced through Australia's Under-19 team at the age-group World Cup in Dubai in February 2014, his 6 for 25 took his team to a place the senior South Africa side has never been to: a World Cup final. South Africa's Under-19s won that event and Rabada finished as their highest wicket-taker so it was hardly a surprise when, three months later, he was awarded a franchise contract at the Lions and, before the year was up, had been included in national ODI and Test squads. He made his T20 debut against Australia in Adelaide in November 2014.
Rabada's poison-tipped pen is his pace. He regularly bowls over 140kph and, even as a raw talent, was devastatingly accurate. He was schooled at St Stithians in Johannesburg, the alma mater of New Zealand's Grant Elliot, England's Michael Lumb and flame-haired fast-bowler David Terbrugge.
He was barely out of school when he made his franchise debut for Lions, where he bowled alongside Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Chris Morris, under the mentorship of Gordon Parsons, and was picked in the South Africa A side. In July 2014, Rabada traveled to Australia to play in a quadrangular series. He featured in five matches and took four wickets. He was a non-playing member of the South African ODI squad that participated in a triangular series in Zimbabwe and was then picked for a limited-overs tour of Australia in October-November.
He made his T20 debut on the trip and claimed Glenn Maxwell as his first international wicket - for a duck. Rabada's star continued to rise when he was named in South Africa's Test squad to play West Indies in the 2014-15 summer.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.