‘Country comes first’-Kagiso Rabada prioritizes South Africa over playing in IPL 2021

South African spearhead and Delhi Capitals bowler Kagiso Rabada has hinted at missing the first week of the 2021 edition of IPL.

The dates for the IPL are yet to be announced, but reports of the tournament starting in April have been doing the rounds. Hence, the T20 tournament could, in the end, end up clashing with the Proteas’ limited-overs series against Pakistan.

The 25 year old pacer Rabada was clear cut in stating that he will be prioritizing his country ahead of IPL . He was the leading wicket keeper in the last edition of cash rich league which was scheduled in UAE where he clinched 30 wickets from 17 matches he played with two four wicket hauls.

“Country comes first and I may miss a week of the IPL if the Pakistan series is scheduled at the same time the IPL starts. Delhi has been my home in India, but national duty is a priority,” Rabada was quoted as saying in iol.co.za.

As Proteas are scheduled to play against Pakistan from April 2nd to April 16th 2021. Therefore DC might not get his services in the initial phase of the tournament.

He was praised by Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer after Rabada clinched 200 Test wickets where the former wrote on his official Twitter handle “Congratulations @KagisoRabada25 on 200 test wickets. That too with the best strike rate among some legends of the game. That’s some achievement. And he’s just 25! Scary to think what he can achieve! #PAKvsSA PS: Boom v KG will be the battle of this decade.”