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Kagiso Rabada on his 200th Test wicket: 'It's a massive feeling'

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  • Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada finally took his 200th Test wicket on the third morning of the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi.
  • He said it was a massive feeling to join some big names in the 200-plus Test wicket company.
  • He also became the third fastest in terms of balls to reach the mark behind Waqar Younis and Dale Steyn.

Proteas speedster and attack leader Kagiso Rabada was happy to have collected the 200th Test scalp that evaded during the second day of the first Test against Pakistan, but clearly seems primed to better himself for more.

Rabada, who collected the important wicket by bowling out Hassan Ali early on the third day, went wicketless on day two after openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt were his 198th and 199th wickets respectively, became the seventh South Africa to reach the milestone.

He also became fourth youngest to achieve the feat behind Pakistani legend Waqar Younis and Indian stars Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh.

Rabada was also the third fastest in terms of balls (8 154) to get to the mark behind Younis (7 730) and Dale Steyn (7 848).

"It's a massive feeling to be included in such names. When you start playing, you don't think of these things, of being on such a list or thinking about these statistics. All you want to do is to be the best you can be. I'm really glad and it is satisfying. It's a great milestone, but the show goes on," Rabada said.

Rabada also admitted that his batting, which contains a cover driver similar to that of Brian Lara's does need a bit of work even though he's often contributed when needed.

An example was in SA's first innings of 220 where Rabada's unbeaten 21 off 36 balls played a crucial role in dragging South Africa past the 200-mark.

With SA losing three quick, but important wickets on the third evening at the National Stadiun in Karachi where they slipped from 175/1 to 187/4, Rabada's batting may need to be pressed into service.

"I just try to see what I can do for the team in particular situations. That'll require me to work on my batting but in Test cricket, runs down the order are extremely golden. Every chance I get to put the team in a good position, I'll be willing to take that chance with both hands, but it does require that I work on my batting a bit more," Rabada said.

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