South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has high admiration for fellow speedsters Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer but is unfazed having taken a backseat with the new-comers hogging the limelight.

It’s not that Rabada’s performance has gone down. He boasts of an enviable record so far – 176 Test wickets at 21.77 and a strike-rate of 38.8 is no mean feat. So what is the reason behind him falling behind in the popularity charts?

A major part of it is to do with how South Africa fared at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They endured a disappointing run, finishing seventh among the 10 participants ahead of Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan.

For Rabada, though some it is the work of media. “I admire those bowlers, they are good bowlers. However the media hypes certain players, and that’s Ok, I know I have been playing very well. Archer is such a natural talent, Bumrah is doing wonders and that can force you to lift your game. You are not always at the top, that’s one thing I can tell you,” Rabada told iol.co.za.

The 24-year-old Rabada knows success at international level isn’t a given and there are going to be gloomy days and so he’s enjoying the quiet time post world cup but the aim of being the best keep his competitive juices flowing. “It’s never easy maintaining a career, I’ve learned that there are a lot of ups and downs. I want to be the best in the world, everybody does. You are naturally going to compete in that fashion, I’m not too worried, I’m feeling nice and easy,” Rabada said.

Speaking of the world cup performance, he says, “I’m disappointed not angry (about the World Cup). What do I do with anger? When a setback comes you want to be determined, you don’t want to change a lot of things it’s about seeing where you went wrong and then putting in extra work.”

Rabada will next travel to India for a three-match T20I series which will be followed by three Tests.