The Delhi Capitals (DC) have experienced a magnificent run in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), winning eight of the thirteen games played thus far and have already booked a place in the playoffs stage. This is also the first time in six years that the Delhi-based franchisee has qualified for the knockout of the IPL. However, in the recent development, DC team have suffered a body blow as their in-form speedster Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to back niggle.
It is indeed very hard to leave
Rabada, who has picked up a fine total of 25 wickets at an impressive average of 14.72 from 12 games in VIVO IPL 2019, was recently rested in the last game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Cricket South Africa (CSA) asked for the report of Rabada’s scans and advised him to return home as a precautionary measure ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Rabada has played an integral role in helping Delhi team qualify for the next phase of the tournament.
“It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” quoted Kagiso Rabada.
In their last game of the season, Delhi Capitals are scheduled to lock horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on May 4. DC head coach Ricky Ponting noted that it is quite unfortunate that Rabada has to leave the team at the business end of the tournament. However, he also mentioned that he has full confidence in the team that they will step up in Rabada’s absence.
“It’s unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament. But I have full confidence in our team, and I’m sure each and every member of this unit will step up to the occasion,” said Ricky Ponting.