Kagiso Rabada, the lethal right-arm pacer, said winning the T20 World Cup in UAE would be “one of the highest achievements in cricket” by South Africa.
“That would be extremely special,” he said on Monday. “Hundred per cent – It would be my biggest life achievement in sports, that’s what it would be. That would also be one of the highest achievements in cricket, that’s what is missing. It would be the icing on the cake. We hope we are the generation that can bring it [the trophy home].”
In the six T20 World Cups, South Africa finished twice as semi-finalists – in 2009 and 2014 – and failed to advance to the knockout stages four times. Rabada acknowledges his team’s history with ICC events but he preferred not to dwell on it too much.
“I don’t even actually like to talk about that [baggage] and what’s happened in the past, happened in the past,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about it too much, we have a challenge in front of us. No one in the past tried to lose games. We are coming in with the same mentality, whether we have baggage or not. I just think it’s not worth talking about, it’s just worth playing.”