Hurt by these harsh words of the captain, Rabada overturned the match by taking 3 wickets in 3 overs.

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Dean Elgar told what he told Kagiso Rabada after which the fast bowler wreaked havoc in the second Test against India. Rabada played a key role in South Africa’s seven-wicket win by taking three wickets in both the innings.

Especially in the second innings when India were in a very strong position and battling form, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put on a 111-run stand for the third wicket.

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India’s score was 155 for two at one point and they looked in good condition, but after this Rabada got his team back with a fine spell.

Rabada got Rahane caught by wicketkeeper Kyle Wren on a fine short ball. Rahane played an innings of 58 runs in 78 balls and his excellent innings ended with the best ball.

After this, he dismissed Pujara leg before an incoming ball, Cheteshwar took a review on it but he failed. Pujara scored 53 runs in 86 balls. Rabada dealt another big blow to India by running two sets of batsmen already on the Wanderers pitch.

Rabada bowled the first ball to Pant on which he was beaten. After this, the second ball hit Pant’s body and hit the globs and went towards the slips. Pant’s patience paid off on the third ball and it cost him dearly to go ahead and hit Rabada.

Rabada did not even allow Rishabh Pant to open the account, who caught the wicketkeeper by adopting an irresponsible attitude of playing the short pitch ball on the half volley. This spell from Rabada ensured that India were not going to give the target of 300 runs to South Africa.

After the match, Elgar said, “Sometimes KG (Rabada) needs to be motivated. I told him that everyone respects you a lot and you are such a great cricketer but Your performance at this time is not the same.’’

“I know what he can do,” he said. If he is in his rhythm, there is no better bowler in the world than him. I talked to him and he must have thought about it. The next day he did a great job.

“He has the urge to perform well and is always ready to contribute to the team’s victory,” said Elgar. My job as a captain is to use it properly. Sometimes he starts playing at a leisurely pace, then he has to explain how important his performance is to the team, both on the field and in the dressing room.

South Africa’s coach Mark Boucher said, “Some players sometimes have to realize their potential in strong words. Dale Steyn is one of them and so is KG. The atmosphere in the dressing room got a bit heated and that was what was needed to get things on track.

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