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South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada believes the Proteas have a slight advantage in the upcoming India World Cup because many of their players were key players of numerous Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises.
"Heading into the World Cup in India, I do think that we have an advantage because we have played in the IPL for so many years. We have played at most of the grounds, if not all, so we understand those conditions," Rabada told South Africa's Independent Online news website.
Rabada himself played for the Punjab Kings in the 2023 season.
Apart from him, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, and Quinton de Kock are some South African players who are regulars for their IPL franchises, although de Kock found himself mostly on the bench this season with the Lucknow Super Giants.
"I guess the challenge now, at the age that I am, is to know (and understand) the basic information that a newbie wouldn't know. You are always learning and always looking to be as effective as you can be on different wickets. It is all about reading (the pitch) better and that is in combination with the goals that you set,”
“Those two go in tandem – reading the conditions and executing your skills. It sounds very nonchalant and easy to say, but it is a very rigorous process and a tough one. That is the process that I am currently involved in. That is where I am" he added.