Mumbai, Nov 5: Bangladeshi Mushfiqur Rahim, and Pakistan's Imran Khan are the captains who have been out on duck on their birthdays in Tests.
Team India captain Virat Kohli, who scored 1 run on his birthday against South Africa at Mohali on Thursday can also take consolation that the bowler's dad is his great fan.
"I think that I would settle for one run any day if offered and Virat (Kohli) is a professional who will be a bit disappointing but would not let that spoil his Birthday Test as there is always the 2nd innings. In the same breath, Virat is one of my favorite cricket players and happier with him scoring a run", the right-handed fast bowler Kasigo Rabada's doctor-dad, Mpho Rabada, speaking exclusively over his mobile from South Africa, said on Thursday.
"Kohli is a super batsman and taking him out will be one of the special wickets like the first T20 of Glenn Maxwell. It just great to contribute to the team and make the job of winning lighter for the team".
"The rainbow nation is filled with limitless possibilities and opportunities to ALL who live in it. It is a privilege to represent the country in the Test and it is more special to do that India. On that note, the challenges that come with the TEST are dwarfed by the privilege afforded to represent in all formats. The goal is just to improve in each game and adapt to whatever the task is put in front of him".
"The approach (by my son) is more like an operation in theater. Method, Patience, Structure, Timing, Care and Expertise. A cricket test needs these perhaps not in order outlines with a probing delivery here and there. the more operations you are involved in the better you get and be an expert in that field. It's not about coming out blasting but rather being clinical", added doctor.
"The exuberance of youth and clarity in the road map is key in the focus to the job at hand. There is still along journey to undertake and looking forward to it. This journey will build character and memories to cherish. his character and dedication shines more when no one is looking and he prepares for the next game, dedication and passion is second to none".
Rabada's father may come to India to witness the final Test match.
"I was scheduled to come but due to some unforeseen responsibilities, I will not be able to make it but am sure that I will get an opportunity to tour at some point. May be the last test if circumstances permits", Dr. Rabada signed off.