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South Africa's premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has stated that his team is ready for the upcoming edition of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 taking place in India next month. The South African team will be locking horns with Sri Lanka in their first match of the 50-overs mega event at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on 7 October, 2023. The Proteas contingent has already landed in India for the Cricket World Cup 2023.
We do believe we can win it says Kagiso Rabada
Just before the start of the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa suffered two big blows as their premier fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala got ruled out of the entire tournament due to their respective injury issues. The Proteas team management announced Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams part of the 15-member squad for the showpiece event in India.
During a recent conversation, right-arm speedster Kagiso Rabada went on to mention that South Africa is ready for the upcoming World Cup 2023 challenge. He believes that his team has got the ability to create history and make South Africa win the marquee tournament for the first time.
“One thing we have never lacked as South Africans is belief, so going into the tournament we do believe we can win it. We’ve got the players to do so, so hopefully we can make our first final and win this competition," said South Africa's fast bowler Kagiso Rabada during a recent interview.
“It’s going to be hard but it’s going to be really enjoyable. It’s exciting to have the best players in the world playing against each other and competing for one prize, and we are up for the challenge," he added.
South Africa are coming into this 50-overs showpiece event on the back of an excellent 3-2 ODI series victory over Australia at home. Interestingly, the Proteas team ended up losing the first two ODI games against Australia before making a sensational comeback to register as many as three consecutive victories.
“The 2019 World Cup was my first and I wasn’t successful at all. The lesson I took from that is that team cohesion is the most important factor, because individuals don’t win World Cups, teams do. The older I have become and the more caps I have, the more I realize that I am a leader in that environment. Through knowing my own strengths and reinforcing them, knowing what makes me tick, and through lending an ear to other players, I want to help set how we play as a collective," Rabada concluded.