New Delhi, May 3: JSW and GMR co-owned franchise, Delhi Capitals, on Friday announced that Kagiso Rabada will return to his homeland, South Africa, midway through 12th edition of the IPL.
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. 23-year-old Rabada, who took 25 wickets in the 12 matches that he played 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,” he said.
“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 added.
“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’ Head Coach Ricky Ponting said. Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs and will play Rajasthan Royals in their last league game of the season on Saturday, at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. (UNI)