Rabada speaks up on the pressures of a crunch schedule

Reece Topley

The first Test between Australia and South Africa is well underway and it is going even-stevens at the moment.

However, speedster Kagiso Rabada has lamented that it is not easy to cope with the pressures of a crunch schedule.

Rabada has highlighted the fact that he does get tired sometimes while playing all three formats of the game and that it is only human to feel so.

Rabada’s comment on the crunch schedule of cricket players

The volume of cricket that you play these days, I won’t even lie- as much as we love the game and I always get back into like wanting to play and wanting to have the drive, sometimes it’s hard to get the drive with the amount of cricket that we play.

Adding further, Rabada says,

At the end of the day, we are human beings. Imagine being up for every single game that you play with the amount of fixtures that we have.

In recent times, not only Rabada but many other modern cricketers have raised the issue of playing too many fixtures in all three formats of the game.

Some such cricketers are Ben Stokes and Quinton de Kock. Many New Zealand cricketers are even rejecting their central contracts because of this very issue.

Coming back to the match, Rabada has stepped up for his team yet again as he batted brilliantly in the first innings and then dismissed David Warner for a golden duck after the innings break.

Following Rabada’s lead, Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen also picked up the wickets of Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne in quick succession.

This double blow pushed Australia back a bit and brought South Africa back into the game.

But, Steve Smith and Travis Head have kept Australia back in the driver’s seat for now and will look to build more pressure on the Proteas.

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