Rabada humbled by praise

Under-19 bowler Kagiso Rabada is being hailed as the next big thing in South African cricket.

Junior Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates claiming another wicket. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - South African under-19 speedster Kagiso Rabada says he feels humbled by the praise he has received following his bowling exploits at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The Johannesburg-born paceman picked up amazing figures of 6-25 in yesterday's semi-final demolition of Australia in Dubai.

The 18-year-old consistently clocked bowling speeds of above 140 kilometres per hour, and used the short ball to good effect in his devastating 8.2 over spell.

Off the back of this individual performance, Rabada is already being described in cricketing circles as the next best thing in South African cricket.

Speaking to EWN Sport, a modest Rabada refused to take all the credit for the team's success.

"It's always nice to contribute, especially when you're at the World Cup where it means so much. But I'm not the only one, because without the support of the fielders and the coaches I would not have achieved what I did. Yes, I picked up those figures, but it was really a team effort to get to where we are now."

Rabada added the support he has received from various quarters has given him extra motivation.

"The will to win increases immensely when you know you have support, especially from the fans. Support from your family is always going to be there, but it's nice when everyone else is always backing you."

The Junior Proteas take on Pakistan in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Saturday.