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'When you play with emotion, that's when you become dangerous'

AB [de Villiers
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Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders
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Kagiso Rabada

Michael Holding

Dale Steyn
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Wasim Akram
Waqar Younis
Mitchell Starc
Shaun Pollock
Virat Kohli
Steve Smith
David Warner
Parthiv Patel
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Andre Russell
Ricky Ponting
Prasidh Krishna
Knight Riders
Lungi [Ngidi
Nagraj Gollapudi

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Kagiso Rabada talks about putting passion into his game, balancing instinct and technique when bowling, and how his IPL experiences might help him at the World Cup I feel like I go through phases when it comes to fitness. When we are playing cricket, there is not much time to gym, so you really want to gym when you have time in between. The fact that we play cricket, the fact that we are bowlers, it helps you because you are running all the time. I feel like I run when I bowl. In Johannesburg, at altitude, I've spent all my school and teenage years running, so I feel like I've just got natural stamina. Although now I feel like maybe I need to pay more attention [to training consciously]. When you are feeling good at anything, you just enjoy it. That's what I love about fast bowling: when you are running in, it's nice and hot, you are feeling good, your body becomes warm and you are really working, working well. Most times you are not working well and you just have to find a way. But once you get that feeling, when you are feeling good and it is working, I love it. Those feel-good endorphins, that adrenaline, it is a feeling that does not come all the time. There is emotion within the team space because of the magnitude of the series, because of what has happened in the past, because of what has happened in the first Test, all the words and all the sledging going on, and you want to prove a point. When you play with emotion, that's when players become dangerous. Once we play with emotion and we aren't so neutral [we become dangerous] - neutral in the sense that we are going to play this game and we want to do well and we want to win; no more than that. The best fast bowlers in the world, a lot of them are good athletes. To excel at fast bowling over a period of time, Holding says a fast bowler needs to have a nice, smooth, rhythmic run-up; a controlled action; and control at the point of delivery. You need a really good run-up to be a fast bowler. "That's what I love about fast bowling: when you are running in, it's nice and hot, you are feeling good, your body becomes warm and you are really working well" "That's what I love about fast bowling: when you are running in, it's nice and hot, you are feeling good, your body becomes warm and you are really working well" "That's what I love about fast bowling: when you are running in, it's nice and hot, you are feeling good, your body becomes warm and you are really working well" He talked about liking a ball that felt small in his hand. I spoke to Polly [Shaun Pollock], who, I think, liked a ball that was a bit uneven so it got a bit of wobble. Pace will always be an advantage because it gives the batsman less time to react to the ball, especially if it is doing a little bit. So it is about using your pace but trying to get the ball in good areas, having studied the batsman. If you bowl at 150kph against the best batsmen, like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith or David Warner in Test cricket and they miss or find it hard to counter, does that help? The more you play, the more you learn about how differently batsmen play: whether they are off-side or leg-side players or they like to play both sides. On the day, it is about getting a sense of what is happening and taking the game plan into the match, and from there just adapting to what you feel without altering the plan too much. [In the first match of the ODI series in India, where Rabada successfully defended 11 runs in the final over, picking up two wickets and India lost by five runs.] Myself and AB [de Villiers], by assessing the conditions, we decided that hard length was the way to go and it worked. In Test cricket which do you think is your best spell? What about that Centurion Test against England, where you got your career-best figures and your first Man-of-the-Match award in international cricket? It is not something that you play for, but if an award of that calibre comes your way, it is great. I feel very honoured to be talked about as the best cricketer in the world without the distinction of being a bowler or a batsman. That makes you happier as a person, instead of just being in a mode where you feel you are reaching for something but you just haven't got it yet and you just want to keep going at it. Showing emotion in a good way - will it help or not? I did not feel 100% at all: I felt the ball wasn't coming out [well]. Coming back to cricket, what goes through your mind when you are hit for runs? In the next over you bowled with a bit more pace into Kohli's body, and he found it hard to get away. You have to think about what you are going to do, because the wicket was good. And becoming angry like that - is that what gets him to play well? It just about the feeling. It comes from feel. If I had to bowl that over when I was 19 and had only started playing international cricket, maybe I would have seen the situation differently. I don't know what they feel. Ricky was an outstanding player, has been a coach in the IPL for a long time, so it is just good to tap into his mind and understand the game from his perspective. I am just trying to play the game, and play the game the way I play it and learn about it. People try and justify transformation by using players like us, using players like Lungi [Ngidi]. But I do know as well that there are white people who feel the same way. I started playing cricket because I liked to play sport. Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.Bowling yorkers may be 'simple' for Delhi Capitals' main weapon, but Rabada has also shown the adaptability that is the hallmark of the bestOn the eve of his 50th ODI appearance, the 23-year-old fast bowler remains humble on his roles and responsibilities in South Africa's limited-overs squadHow the rugby-loving son of a doctor and a lawyer became the world's No. 1 bowler at 22

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