Kagiso Rabada will not feature in the remaining games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
JSW and GMR co-owned franchise, Delhi Capitals, on Friday announced that Kagiso Rabada will return to his homeland, South Africa, midway through the IPL 2019 season. The current Purple Cap holder, who was carrying a back niggle over the last couple of days, has been advised to return by Cricket South Africa, as a precautionary measure ahead of the ICC World Cup.
The 23-year-old Rabada, who took 25 wickets in the 12 matches for the Delhi Capitals this season, spoke ahead of his departure. “It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” he said.
Delhi Capitals’ Head Coach Ricky Ponting said, “It’s unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament. But I have full confidence in our team, and I’m sure each and every member of this unit will step up to the occasion.”
Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs of IPL 2019, and play Rajasthan Royals in their last league game of the season on the 4th of May, Saturday, at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
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