Kagiso Rabada has been making headlines in the world of cricket. At just 22-years-old the pace bowler has shot his way to the top of the bowling rankings and demolished a few records on the way.
He tops the rankings of the ICC's bowling charts in both Tests and One Day Internationals. His recent suspension has overshadowed his recent achievements but there is no doubt that he will become one of the greats of cricket.
Briefly.co.za put together this list of five facts with the help of thesouthafrican.com.
His first love was rugby
His dad, Dr Mpho Rabada, was relieved when his son chose to play cricket. He was worried that Kagiso would pick up a serious injury playing rugby.
His love of ruby began to fizzle when he failed to make trials for the Under-13 team. He decided to try his hand at cricket and it turned out he was a natural.
He debuts with a world record
Technically he broke two records at once, first was SA's best bowling figures in an ODI which had previously been held by Makhaya Ntini for over a decade and second was the best figures by a player on debut.
He also shares a spot with West Indian speedster, Fidel Edwards, who is the only other bowler to take six wickets in his ODI debut.
Kagiso was also the second bowler to take a hattrick on his debut.
His first T20 wicket was a duck and no other than Glenn Maxwell
His first casualty in cricket was Glenn Maxwell also known as “The Big Show”. Maxwell was one of the worlds most feared batsmen in the Aussie line-up. It wasn't at his T20 debut but his first wicket in T20 was a duck.
He's gaining on Dale Steyn
There are close to 300 hundred wickets which separate the two but Kagiso is close to overtaking South Africa's best fast bowler of all time in other areas.
In 86 Test matches has taken over 5 10-wickets Tests while Rabada has taken 4 10-wicket Tests in only 28 Test matches.
Rabada has also overtaken Steyn's strike rate with 38.9 which also happens to be the best for any bowler this early in his career.
He still lives with his parents
He may be worth millions after being snatched by the Dehli Daredevils in the IPL but still enjoys the comfort of home but according to his parents, they are ready to chase him out soon.
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