One of the most feared bowlers in the world right now just submitted his entry for the worst delivery of the year. In the 1st T20I between Australia and South Africa, Rabada bowled a horrendous delivery in the 9th over of second innings.
In a rain-curtailed 10 overs per side match, Australia were chasing a target of 109 runs and desperately needed a big over to remain in contention. Rabada may not be anywhere near when it comes to T20I rankings but he is ranked 2nd and fourth respectively in Test and ODIs.
The fast bowler was pumped to bowl for the hosts in the penultimate over. In doing so, he may have charged too hard on the third delivery of the over. As he rolled his arm to release the ball, his grip got loose and it went straight up in the air.
What on earth happened here, Kagiso Rabada?
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) November 17, 2018
Lucky were the ones who watched the delayed match live:
— Rodney Purves (@RodMunch21) November 17, 2018
#SSCricket #AUSvSA All happening in middle, and sometimes you can only smile. Ball slipped out of Rabada’s hand and dead ball is called. Clearly the Aus comentator team don’t know their rules. Go #ProteaFire Actually enjoying this little half game today!
— Eduard Rosenstrauch (@ERosenstrauch) November 17, 2018
— Jayanta Ghosh (@GadgetsSurfer) November 17, 2018
The ball was way beyond Glenn Maxwell’s reach and was picked up by the point fielder. The 23-year-old speedster could do nothing but smile after that.
The on-field umpires had a chat and called it a dead ball. Maxwell was not happy with it. With 41 runs needed off 10 deliveries, he’d hoped it would be given a no ball which will be followed by a free hit or at least a wide ball. However, umpires were within their rights to signal it as a dead ball.
It is quite clear that the ball must have been slipped because of the dew. But Rabada was not in his best form as he gave 21 runs in 2 overs he bowled.