What a turning point for South Africa. About eight months back, when South Africa attended the T20 World Cup in the UAE, people didn’t think they should be taken seriously. And why not? They dropped one of the best hitters in the industry, Chris Morris, dropped the best hitter in the Indian Premier League, Faf du Plessis, and didn’t include the best white hitter they’ve ever had. , Imran Tahir.
Everything would be fine if it was just the drafts where the whole team was defeated. One could always argue that the committee wants to go in a different direction and make a statement that supports future generations. However, the matter did not stop there.
South Africa ran into trouble with Quinton de Kock choosing not to take part in a crucial World Cup match against the West Indies because he was forced to kneel in solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
With an already devastating campaign going from bad to worse, fans expect South Africa to be wiped out in the ‘death group’ of Great Britain, Australia and the West Indies. But that did not happen.
After being beaten by Australia with 5 balls in the first match of Super 12s, South Africa came back strong. The sense of unity under Temba Bavuma’s leadership helped the team surpass expectations. While the team came close to being knocked out of qualifying against Australia on Net Run Rate, it looks like someone hit the button to restart South African cricket.
South Africa as a team has always been ranked higher in world cricket. Choker cards unfortunately come from the same word. They always have players with special abilities who are unstoppable in the tough times of the tournament.
However, that story was a little different. Coming to the Indian Premier League, not a single South African player played with the label of a destroyer. Except, of course, for the controversial Quinton de Kock.
That perception changed throughout April and May as the likes of David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis put together individual performances for their respective teams.
Add steady performers like Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj to the mix, and we’re finally looking at a stable unit that can power any international team to make their money. .
CLARITY IS THE KEY
The South African team arrived with a lot of promise. And it’s important to mention that this promise doesn’t come from the ability to be a top player in the world, but from the idea that these players can punch beyond their weight.
Players who have been successful in the Indian Premier League, succeed for clarity.
When Marco Jansen was asked to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore, he ruined the power match. Or for that matter, when Aiden Markram was asked to hold a head for a collapse-prone SunRisers Hyderabad, he came out averaging 48 with a 140 strike rate.
These players have the ability to shine in extreme conditions, but South Africa need to do a good job of managing their assets. South Africa has had a performance-broken team and they hope to avoid that situation as they prepare for another T20 World Cup.
THE X FACTOR
Not a single person or group trusted David Miller when his name popped up in the major IPL auctions earlier this year. Washed out, inefficient, and inconsistent were some of the words that were thrown all over the place at the time.
After failing to sell on the first day, he was picked up by the Gujarat Titans for Rs 3 crores, a ridiculous discount compared to Rs 12.5, the price Punjab Kings paid him in 2014.
Miller, though, proved everyone wrong. 481 runs from 16 games at a near-70 average is pretty far-fetched for an average hitter, but he succeeded. Heading into the World Cup, captain Temba Bavuma said they wanted Miller to get more of the ball, but how they do that remains to be seen.
South Africa at the moment have a squad that looks like it could be oiled if the players keep their guard up. A devastating opener backed by an explosive mid-order followed by a powerful unit of pace is a dream for any team to come to the brink of Down Under. After changing the perception of the team within eight months, Proteas will be hoping for one more revenue going to the World Cup, hoping for a positive one, hoping for a revenue that says, ‘I’m here to play the game. World Cup opponent.’
South African team
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen , Marco Jansen