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Rabada ruled out of IPL with back niggle
IPL 2019

Rabada ruled out of IPL with back niggle

The Indian Premier League's top wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament to rest a ‘back niggle’ ahead of the World Cup.

Cricket South Africa has advised Rabada to return home as a precautionary measure, the IPL team said.

He is the latest South African bowler to suffer an injury scare after Dale Steyn lasted only two IPL games for Royal Challengers Bangalore before withdrawing with a shoulder problem.

"It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament," Rabada said in a team statement.

"But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard.

"It's been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy."

Fellow South African quicks Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje also skipped the IPL to deal with injuries.

Rabada is leaving the IPL with Delhi Capitals already qualified for the IPL playoffs.

"It's unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament," said Capitals coach Ricky Ponting.

"But I have full confidence in our team, and I'm sure each and every member of this unit will step up to the occasion."