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World Cup 2019: South Africa Hopeful Of Rabada’s Recovery, Steyn And Ngidi Doubtful

“Each of them have been doing very well for the Proteas in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup.”

In a short span of career, Kagiso Rabada has become the spearhead of the South African bowling attack across the three formats of the game. The 24-year-old Proteas speedster has scalped a fabulous tally of 176, 106 and 25 wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively. With these sensational numbers, South Africa have pinned great hopes on Rabada to play an integral role in the upcoming World Cup. However, their hopes received a shattering blow when the pacer picked up an injury while playing the IPL 2019 for the Delhi Capitals (DC).

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 league 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, but a back niggle brought an end to his season in an unfortunate manner.

He will make a full recovery

During a recent conversation, the South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee revealed the latest update on Rabada’s injury progress. He mentioned that they are quite hopeful that the fast bowler will be back for the 2019 World Cup. Moosajee cleared the fact that Rabada’s anticipated recovery duration is nearly two to three weeks.

“With KG (Rabada)‚ we are extra cautious because of two reasons. The anticipated recovery period for KG’s injury is two to three weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad,” Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying in Cricket South Africa’s official website.

“He had a back issue that kept him out of the game for a protracted amount of time. Secondly‚ there’s his importance in the squad‚ so we’re managing his rehab and his return to play very carefully,” he added.

Rabada’s recovery did get the clearance, but there was no clarity on progress of Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi’s respective injury issues. Ngidi picked up the injury (side sprain) before the start of IPL 2019, while the veteran fast bowler suffered a shoulder injury while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

South Africa have already announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup and the trio of Rabada, Steyn and Ngidi are all part of it. The all-important 50-overs mega event will be kicking off with the opening game between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 in London.