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Team South Africa has always conducted brilliantly in the ICC events, exempting a few cases. They had given a lot to cricket devotees. They had produced ferocious bowlers with a severe pace and players like Mr 360, who are second to none, but they had remained unable to give any world-cup glory to their respective cricket-loving fraternity-
For the upcoming T20 world cup, South Africa has a squad which has approximately all the boxes ticked and will be aspiring that the selected team, with the amalgamation of both grey hair and young blood, can fire their maiden T20 World Cup glory. It is being anticipated that on paper before the world cup, they seem favourites and they are prepared to roar and hamper the way of other teams from achieving the world cup glory-
Brutal pacers are a Big Advantage to South Africa in the World Cup
Australian Pitches are well constructed to give an advantage to fast bowlers, particularly with high pace, and we have glimpsed it happening in the past. If we go five years back, Mitchell Starc, who used to bowl like fire just courtesy of his elevated pace, was the highest wicket-taker of the 2015 world cup. We have seen Wahab Riaz making the ball talk in the same tournament. Moreover, Haris Rauf’s success in BBL is an added indication to prove this doctrine.
Kagiso Rabada, with an extreme pace, ability to swing the ball both ways and accuracy, While Anrich Nortje, with Scary eyes, throbbing veins and chainsaw celebrations, are ready to roar there. Both of these are agony for any team’s Batsman, and Australian pitches are well structured for pacers like them. Dewayne Pretorius is also an alternative as a bowling allrounder with experience in pinch-hitting. He also bowls with a drastic stride.
T20 earth-trotter finds a niche in South-Africa squad for the world cup
A glimpse at Rilee Rossouw’s T20 numbers confides adequate about the player’s credentials in the shortest format in 261 games, the 32-year-old has scored 6633 runs at an average of 30.99, striking at 142.40. He has played in just about every league around the world PSL, CPL, and BPL and brings with him the profitable experience to South Africa’s batting line-up that could take them up a notch. He is having BBL experience, and he can certainly do some wonders for South Africa.
On his international return match, he smashed a 96* off 55 balls against England in England and demonstrated that he nonetheless has it in him to take the world stage by the hurricane. The T20 World Cup in Australia would be the precise setting for Rossouw to be the game-changer for South Africa. His presence will never let south-Africa worry about Rassie van der Dussen who has missed this enormous occasion due to getting injured at the wrong time.
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Stable Middle order is only present in the South African team for the World Cup
As talked earlier about left-hand middle-order batsman, apart from him, Aiden Makram, who is currently ranked 2nd in ICC T20 ranking, is best against fast bowlers. They have plenty of options on the bench as well as on the team. Heinrich Klassen played a brilliant cameo against India in India and can be crucial as well.
David Miller, who can play as middle order batsman as well as a finisher, is one of the top 10 players whom every franchise aspires to have in the team. His presence scares so many players, and his wicket is on the wish list of so many Bowlers.
One of three new faces in the squad is Tristan Stubbs, who has thoroughly impressed in his short international career. With the experience around him, he could be the X-factor in that middle order.
All Rounders are the beauty of T20 cricket and South Africa is looking more than elegant in the World Cup courtesy of All-rounders
Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj and the bowling option of offspinner Makram who has finalized his four-over allotment so many times in International Cricket. Two of the three reserve players are also all-rounders; this shows that they have deep batting and so many bowling options. Both bowling all-rounders rounded off the three changes to South Africa’s squad from the previous World Cup
With their upcoming series against India, they can finalize and settle it more about their playing eleven. South Africa is a substantial threat to Pakistan and India in their group as most of the analysts have chosen South Africa in those four teams who are reckoned to play semi-finals.