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I just went with yorkers and it worked in the end: Kagiso Rabada

It still feels hard to digest the fact that how in the freaking world did the Delhi Capitals (DC) middle-order manage to take the game till the Super Over finish last night against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Kagiso Rabada looked quite relaxed as his team was cruising towards a comfortable victory, but then came a massive turning point in the game, when Kuldeep Yadav bowled a fantastic 20th over in which he miraculously defended six runs, to take the matters into the one-over eliminator.

Thus, a super over was played and Rabada bowled amazingly well to propel DC to a sensational victory. Earlier in the match, Prithvi Shaw compiled a terrific knock of 99 runs and was a joy to watch. In the super over, Delhi score 10 runs whereas KKR failed to chase down the total as they fell short by three runs.

Obviously lots of nerves

After the game, Kagiso Rabada revealed that initially the DC team management was in a confused position as to who will bowl the super over. The big decision was then taken by the bowling coach, James Hopes, who rested the responsibility on Rabada’s shoulders. Rabada mentioned that he just went for the yorkers, which was his plan and it did work well for him to steer his team home.

“We weren’t sure who was going to bowl and then Hopesy came up to me and said I was going to bowl that over. Obviously lots of nerves. I just saw it as a simulation and glad it paid off. You have to keep your wits about you and be really clear on what you have to bowl. I just went with yorkers and it worked in the end. I was clear and backed my plan,” said Kagiso Rabada.

Rabada stated that he wanted to bowl in the similar manner, much like how former legendary bowlers like Sir Curtly Ambrose, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis used to bowl during their playing days. “If you see, some of the bowlers like Ambrose, Akram, Waqar Younis used the yorker as a wicket-taking delivery and surprised batsmen with it. The batsmen knew it was coming, but couldn’t do much about it. Those players as also the likes of Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are natural with the yorkers. But you can also develop it with practice,” he added.