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Kagiso Rabada (AFP Photo)

With days left before the World Cup in England, Kagiso Rabada gave South Africa a mighty scare when he complained of a back niggle while representing Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL 2019 in India.

Concerned over his fitness, Cricket South Africa asked DC for the reports of his scans and then recalled the pacer home as a precautionary measure. DC, who made it to the qualifiers for the first time in six years, will thus miss the services of their star bowler who leads the IPL 2019 bowling charts with 25 wickets from 12 matches.

However, Rabada has confirmed that his back is ‘good’ and him leaving the Indian league was just a precautionary measure taken by his national cricket board.

In an Instagram post, Rabada wrote “IPL was really fun! Extremely glad for the opportunity! Sad to leave but good to be home! Bittersweet.”

He added, “Regarding my back, I m good precautionary is all. Will be supporting the boys all the way! @delhicapitals”


Rabada is the latest fitness concern for South Africa who are already dealing with similar issues to their leading pacers. Dale Steyn returned from IPL after a late callup by the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore after a flare up of a shoulder injury. The duo of Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings) and Anrich Nortje (Kolkata Knight Riders) gave the cash-rich IPL a skip due to different injuries.

South African World Cup squad will assemble on May 12 for a preparatory camp and will face host England in the World Cup opener on May 30 at The Oval.