Rabada plays down his role

07 June 2018 08:12:20 EST

Kagiso Rabada says his domination of South Africa's annual awards masks the contributions of his international team-mates.

The 23-year-old won no fewer than six gongs for his performances in 2017/18, including the country's cricketer of the year, players' player of the year, Test cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year.

The Proteas star said: "I am grateful and honoured to have received these awards. It means I'm doing something right. I'm glad to have done it for the team and for the country.

"It felt good to do what I did but, at the same time, I really do think that the whole team contributed.

"If you look at the Test matches we played, whenever we were in trouble, there was always someone different who bailed us out.

"There were guys like Aiden (Markram) and AB (de Villiers) and Dean (Elgar), who were consistent, but you also have to look at the roles that other guys played like Keshav (Maharaj), like Temba (Bavuma), like Quinny (Quinton de Kock).

"Those guys are not getting too much recognition but when you are in the changing room you see it all. I just feel like everyone contributed."

Rabada, who is currently the number one ranked bowler in Test cricket, hopes to be fit for next month's series in Sri Lanka after being ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a back injury in early April.

South Africa are 6/1 to win the 2019 World Cup while Sri Lanka can be backed at 33/1.

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