Dave Morton

Ahead of India’s T20 series with South Africa, all the talk was about the home side and how they would perform. Having rested many of their key players following another long IPL, could the second string step up and take their chances?

In the event, the South Africans spoiled the party by winning the first two games. In doing so, the team proved that they can be dangerous and could even be set to win their first ever major ICC trophy.

South Africa Ranked

The neutral standpoint doesn’t offer too much cause for optimism: While India, England and Australia are listed as joint favourites to win the 2022 T20 World Cup, the South Africans are way down in sixth place.

Using odds supplied by online betting sites sourced by SBO.net, Temba Bavuma’s men are among the outsiders for glory in 2022. Behind the teams at the head of the outright winner market, Pakistan and South Africa follow before we get to the South Africans.

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Key Batters

David Miller led the run chase as South Africa claimed the first T20i against India in Delhi. The powerful left hander enjoyed a successful IPL with eventual champions Gujarat Titans and his form will be pivotal at the World Cup.

Miller was aided by Rassie van der Dussen whose strike rate picked up after a slow start. Van der Dussen is generally seen as a long-format player, but he can be a fast scorer in the death overs.

South Africa also proved that they have depth in this department. Heinrich Klaasen missed the first game but he stepped in to score 81 from just 46 balls in the second T20i. All batters have a part to play but the middle order is a powerhouse.

As an opening pair, Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma can lay a fast platform for the likes of Miller, Van der Dussen and Klaasen to capitalize on.

Key Bowlers

Pace is South Africa’s key weapon and it will be invaluable in Australian conditions at the T20 World Cup. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje form the opening spearhead and both men will be critical to the aims of their team.

Wayne Parnell is back in the squad to provide experience and a different line of attack from left arm over the wicket.

It’s not all about the faster men but they may have better results at this year’s T20 World Cup. South Africa have some impressive spinners in their ranks with Keshav Maharaj able to take wickets and keep the economy rate down.

Tabraiz Shamsi is there to provide the mystery spin and the selectors have the option to bring in Simon Harmer who has been prolific in first class cricket in recent years.

The Verdict

The South Africa T20 side has gone under the radar to an extent. They’ve yet to win a major ICC event and have developed an unfortunate reputation as the ‘chokers’ of world cricket.

However, those performances in India should make the rest of the teams in this year’s tournament take notice. Admittedly, their opponents have been resting many of their first choice players but it’s been an impressive response.

Outside of the three favourites for glory in 2022, South Africa may just be the side to go deep into the tournament and produce an upset.

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