Mail and Guardian – It truly is a beautiful thing for a young person to remind us that youth is not always wasted on the young.


  • By clinching the world number-one spot, he becomes only the seventh South African to top the rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
  • His determination to do more, to do better, leaves us somewhat hopeful, somewhat more confident about the future — and not just Rabada’s future.
  • We hope for a future in which a black man reaches the pinnacle of his sport, and we never have to use that to demonstrate why every pundit, former cricketer, former South Africans and disgruntled South Africans are wrong about the dogged pursuit of transformation.
  • It’s a future in which all these people are so wrong they have already been relegated to the dustbins of history.
  • So we take great glee in pointing out that transforming cricket in South Africa must continue apace — preferably apace with Rabada.

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