NEW DELHI: The sight of an out-and-out fast bowler tearing down and bowling a thunderbolt is exhilarating. The art of generating sheer pace requires immense physical strength and robustness, so it’s only natural that fans often assume that speedsters are mostly all brawn. IPL POINTS TABLE |
South African tearaway pacer Kagiso Rabada, however, is different. The 25-year-old’s pace will give you goosebumps, sure, but he will also make you stand up and take notice when he is addressing a press conference. Rabada is not afraid to take a stand on issues and express his opinion. He is a fast bowler with brains.
Following West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder’s comment that he was disappointed to see the Black Lives Matter movement being ignored in the IPL, Rabada on Thursday invoked Nelson Mandela and urged sportspersons to fight for the “right causes” and “spread the message of racial equality”.
Rabada is currently the IPL’s leading wicket-taker with 21 scalps from 10 matches for Delhi Capitals.
“Nelson Mandela played a huge role in the world and particularly in South Africa. Fighting for basic need that is freedom and it is important that nobody feels inferior. It’s important. Liberation of mind is the most important thing and that’s the message you want to spread as a sportsperson, especially when you do have a platform to express this,” Rabada told reporters during an interaction from the UAE.
“It is just that if I am on this platform, I will express my opinion like I am now on this matter. It’s important for people to understand on political front that liberation is very important for human rights, and for humans to be treated with dignity is important,” the pacer said.
Rabada comes from a well-to-do family in Johannesburg. His father Mpho Rabada is a doctor and mother Florence Rabada a lawyer. His extended family, though, lived in the impoverished neighbourhoods. Since Rabada had regular interaction with his relatives in the townships, he developed a broader perspective.
Relating his thoughts, the South African emphasised on fighting for the right causes without “shoving” his opinion down anyone’s throat.
“Lot of people follow what you do, because that is the nature of a sportsperson. There’s nothing different if I compare myself with every other person who hasn’t played cricket, but I am on a stage where people can now listen to me.
“Cricket gives me a platform and also social responsibility and a reminder that I need to fight for the right causes. But I will never shove my opinion or ideas down anyone’s throat.”