World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du Plessis

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 10:14 IST Kagiso Rabada has picked only 6 wickets in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against PakistanKagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 in World Cup 2019Faf du Plessis revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019South Africa captain Faf du Plessis blamed the poor performance of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi at the World Cup 2019 for his country’s early exit from the quadrennial event.South Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday.Kagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 and is ranked 25th in the World Cup 2019 wicket-takers’ list. Rabada has barely made his presence felt and failed to make early breakthroughs.Faf du Plessis also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019 to keep him fresh for this World Cup.”But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players,” said du Plessis in response to a question if Rabada’s lack of potency was down to fatigue.Kagiso Rabada was in sublime form in IPL 2019 as he took 25 wickets at an average of 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals but has failed to replicate this performance in World Cup 2019.”So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they-you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is.advertisementAlso Read | Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisWorld Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis spoke on Kagiso Rabada’s poor outing in World Cup 2019 after South Africa suffered their fifth loss in the tournament and were eliminated from the semi-finals race on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plans

first_img India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 08:44 IST Rohit Sharma revealed MS Dhoni birthday plans after India’s win over Sri Lanka in World Cup 2019 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni celebrates 38th birthday on SundayRohit Sharma was asked to send a message to birthday boy MS DhoniIndia defeated Sri Lanka and sealed themselves a semi-final date vs New ZealandIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma was at his candid best while interacting with the press after India’s table-topping win over Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Headingley in Leeds.While Rohit’s record-setting 5th Wolrd Cup hundred dominated the narrative, MS Dhoni’s 38th birthday did find its place in the press conference. Rohit Sharma was asked to “say something” about the India wicketkeeper on his special day.Caught off guard by the question, Rohit came up with a toungue-in-cheek reply that cracked up the media room at Headingley.”What do you tell someone on their birthday? Happy birthday only right?” Rohit told the reporter.The India opener also said that the team would be cutting cake on their way to Manchester (or Headingley) and that they would share some photos with the report in question. Incidentally, India had to wait till the end of the final group-stage match between Australia and South Africa to know the venue and their opposition for the semi-final of World Cup 2019.”We have our travel day tomorrow and we don’t know we are going to Manchester or Birmingham. Accordingly we will cut the cake during the bus drive. We will send you the photos,” Rohit added.Is there anyone as candid and funny as @ImRo45? Here’s what he had to say when asked about a message for Birthday Boy @msdhoni #TeamIndia #CWC19 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/aCD23hgKtsBCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019MS Dhoni had a fine outing on the eve of his birthday as he was part of 4 dismissals in India’s big win over Sri Lanka in Leeds. Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja also became the most successful wicketkeeper-bowler combination in ODI history when they effected their 29th dimissal together, going past the tally of 28 that was set by Nayan Mongia and Ventakesh Prasad.advertisementDhoni indeed celebrated his 38th birthday with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva along with family and friends at Leeds. Images of Dhoni gettting a cake facial is going viral on social media.MS Dhoni will be part of yet another ICC tournament semi-final as India take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who is in the twlight of his international career, would want to finish with the ultimate prize in world cricket — a World Cup title.Also Read | Not thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019Also Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Happy Birthday MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019 Watch: Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma spoke to the press after India’s table-topping win over Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday. The India vice-captain was at his candid best when he was asked to send a message to birthday boy MS Dhoniadvertisement Nextlast_img read more