It’s been a controversial start to South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign as senior players don’t feature in the squad for the T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to commence on 17th of October in UAE. The Proteas have named a 15+3 man squad for the mega ICC event.
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris don’t find a spot in the squad, Faf du Plessis is actively participating in every possible franchise cricket league and is among runs, Imran Tahir has picked many wickets including a hat-trick lately and Chris Morris the T20 specialist too fails to make the cut. These names haven’t featured in international cricket lately and aren’t backed for the mega event, youngsters who’ve performed in absence are rewarded.
Batting isn’t a concern for South Africa, it’s a good strong batting lineup. Reeza Hendricks or Temba Bavuma along with Quinton de Kock at the top make it a strong opening pair. Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen in the middle order are promising, it’s also the strength of the team with compact players who have the ability to switch gares. A good lower middle order in Wiaan Mulder, experienced Dwaine Pretorius, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada who’ve made healthy contributions with the bat and the team will wish for a few more.
Teams are banking on spinners knowing what conditions to expect in UAE, Proteases spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi can unsettle teams, both are absolutely brilliant. With a bit in offer, an option more in Bjorn Fortuin who can be really good on those dry and slow UAE tracks, a match winning trio for South Africa. Aiden Markram, the senior part-timer has been handy with the ball too. Pace bowling, South Africa do have a good attack with Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Nigidi and Anrich Nortje the three frontline pacers who have ticked boxes several times, they’ll just have to be a bit more disciplined in their pace bowling.
SOUTH AFRICA’S SQUAD FOR T20 WC : Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen. TRAVELLING RESERVE : George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams
South Africa are placed in group A, the group of death. South Africa kick-start their campaign playing Australia on 23rd of October, they next play West Indies on 26th of October. A good gap before they play B2 and A1 (teams that qualify from round 1 to super 12) on 30th of October and 2nd of November respectively. South Africa face England for their final group stage match on 6th of November.
South Africa will have to battle very hard to make their way through to the knockouts, the sides good but lack a few key placers and will miss their experience, a qualifier finish will be surprising but if do it will be a very successful and an inspiring finish.