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IPL 2019 | Was in My Shorts When Asked to Bowl Super Over: Rabada

Cricketnext Staff | March 31, 2019, 12:01 PM IST

"I was sitting in my shorts upstairs and having a chat with Shikhar Dhawan thinking this game is ours. But cricket is a funny game, I told Shikhar let's go downstairs, let's go support the guys. I was in my shorts, the match was tied, and then I was just hanging around waiting to see who was going to bowl. James Hopes (bowling coach) asked me to put my stuff on. I went upstairs, we still weren't sure. Chris Morris had his clothes on, I thought it was either me, him or Sandeep (Lamicchane). They said it's you. I said okay, got to think of something quickly."

This, according to Kagiso Rabada, was the sequence of events after scores were tied in the game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday (March 30).

Rabada thought of yorkers, and nailed them to perfection. Defending 10 in the Super Over, Rabada conceded just seven and had big Andre Russell bowled with a pinpoint yorker.

"He was on fire tonight, I thought my yorker was coming out decently in the game so that's what got me to back it even more," said Rabada. "It's important to be clear and sure on what you're doing, what you want to do. That's what I was trying to do. On a different day, it could be totally something else. On a different day you could be positive about two things that you want to do. Today was only one, and that was yorkers. I'm glad that it came off.

"I thought - big boundary, what do I bowl. Bouncers, slower balls... it's risky. They're gamble balls, I wasn't really feeling them today. On another day I might have felt it. Today I felt yorkers, and we won.

"I was thinking if I should go length at the start of my run up - Andre Russell is going to hit anything that was full. I was second guessing myself, you don't want to run in thinking two things in your mind. Like I said, I backed the yorker and it worked."

Rabada's yorker spree in some ways got the attention back on a delivery that, according to many, is not being used by many bowlers regularly these days.

Rabada explained that it's not always easy to nail the yorker perfectly, adding that a wrongly executed yorker could prove costly.

"Sometimes you miss a yorker and it comes out as a length ball, it's amazing how many times that has happened," he said. "That just shows you're not always going to feel 100%. I think the guys tried. Morris tried it, it went off the inside edge between keeper and short fine leg. He tried a wide yorker, Russell sliced it.

"Yorkers were my Plan B in the innings. In the Super Over, it was my Plan A.

"Especially to guys who are really good hitters at the death, you really need to be on top of your game with yorkers. One thing about yorkers is, when you're nailing them, it just seems to happen automatically and you don't have to think about them. But when you're not, it's completely different story."

Rabada said yorkers can be a natural delivery for some bowlers, but said it can be practised too.

"Some bowlers bowl a lot of yorkers," he said. "Mitchell Starc bowls it a lot. Lasith Malinga has been doing it all his career. Bumrah does it a lot. The guys who do it a lot are the ones who can nail it. You look at the best yorker bowlers - Curtly Ambrose, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis... they said yorkers as wicket-taking options in any format.

"If you can see that and got some pace as well, it's a ball you can back as a surprise ball. It can catch batsmen off guard. Even when they know it's coming, you can still get them out. Yes, it is natural. You can also develop it."


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