The wait is finally over and it's time for an action-packed entertainer as India begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday. India, who are the last team to kick off their campaign, will be considered the strong favourites against the Proteas who are trying to overcome the injury concerns of their star players. Lungi Ngidi will not be in action for the next seven to 10 days due to a hamstring injury while Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury which failed to respond to the treatment. He has now been replaced by left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, which means the onus is now on young Kagiso Rabada to spearhead the Proteas bowling line-up.
Speaking of Rabada, the young fast bowler had gone on to say to a media publication during this season's IPL that it is completely difficult to understand Virat Kohli as a person and that his behaviour makes him look immature. At the same time, Rabada has also added that Kohli can be seen venting out his frustrations on the field, but cannot take it when he is at the receiving end.
However, Kohli did not get carried away when asked about the fast bowler's remarks during a media interaction prior to the clash. The Indian skipper said that he was not aware of Rabada's remarks and that he would like to discuss it man-to-man.
"Well I have played against Kagiso Rabada many times, will like to discuss man-to-man," Kohli said.
Meanwhile, Kohli also wished his RCB team-mate and longtime friend Dale Steyn a speedy recovery.
"I am really feeling bad for Dale because he looked really happy and he was bowling really well and suddenly, we find out that he is not going to continue. So, I feel bad for him since he has been a friend since a long time. He was a very motivated guy and he was very happy to come back and play for South Africa and he has been doing well. He still has that hunger and passion in him but those niggles and injuries are just not going his way and I can understand his frustration about that. I wish him a speedy recovery."