Kagiso Rabada. Picture: REUTERS
Kagiso Rabada. Picture: REUTERS

Even at the age of 21, Kagiso Rabada is recognised as a special South African‚ and he took that distinction to another level at the Indian Premier League player auction in Bangalore yesterday.

After a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab‚ Delhi Daredevils snapped him up for about R9.8-million.

That made the fast bowler the only South African among the eight on sale to land a deal for this year‘s tournament.

This, although Imran Tahir‚ the world's top-ranked white-ball bowler‚ was in the mix.

Other South Africans who went unsold were Farhaan Behardien‚ Wayne Parnell‚ Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwayne Pretorius. Kyle Abbott was also rejected.

Quinton de Kock‚ JP Duminy and Chris Morris, who were retained, are also at Delhi‚ and are being coached by another South African‚ Paddy Upton.

Rabada fetched the same price as New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult‚ and almost R6-million more than Eoin Morgan‚ Angelo Mathews‚ Corey Anderson or Mitchell Johnson.

But Rabada‘s salary pales next to the R28.3-million that Punjab will pay for England allrounder Ben Stokes‚ the most spent on a foreigner since the tournament started in 2008.

The next most-expensive player was left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills‚ who went for the equivalent of R2.4-million despite his international experience being limited to four T20s for England in which he took three wickets and has an economy rate of 7.25.

Stokes and Mills were the only players of the 108 on auction who got higher prices than Rabada.
— TMG Digital

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