Rabada won't rest on laurels

11 January 2018 07:14:22 EST

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada has vowed to get better despite hitting the top of the Test bowling rankings.

Rabada became number one following South Africa's 72-run win against India in the first Test at Newlands.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his debut against the Indians in 2015, and recently became the youngest bowler to take 100 wickets for South Africa.

"It feels great to be at the top of the rankings," he said.

"It is what I have always wanted to do. Hopefully I can keep doing what I'm doing and keep trying to win games for the team. I want to keep getting better and better.

"There is always something new that you can work on. That is how I have felt in my career so far, there is always a problem. Even those skills that I have, there is always polishing that you must do, I'm not 100 per cent accomplished in my skills.

"I have to do more and more. I'm striving for perfection, you are never going to reach perfection but I can at least try getting there and there about."

The Proteas are without Dale Steyn for the remainder of the three-match series against Virat Kohli's team, heaping more expectation on the youngster's shoulders.

Rabada added: "I bowl where the team needs me to bowl. I would ideally like to open the bowling but it is tough at the moment because there are two good bowlers opening the bowling.

"I like to do what the team requires me to do, and set my own aspirations aside. I have been happy with the role I have been given, which is to try and get wickets and defend at the same time."

South Africa are 1/66 to win their Test series agianst India and 4/9 to triumph in the second Test.

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