My Starting XI against India

2014-04-02 12:23

South African men and women’s cricket teams have proved to be serious contenders in this year’s ICC World T20 World Cup. Both teams seem to be peaking at the right time after struggling in the beginning. Much of the attention will be on the Blue Label Telecoms Proteas as they take on an Indian side that has yet to taste defeat at the tournament this year. I have recently had a bit of a nail-biting festival due to some really close games. With that I have decided to pick my own starting eleven. A team that will not choke (Brave statement, I know)

We will start with the specialist batsmen that will come up front to put runs on the scorecard. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will open the batting. They have not been particularly the greatest opening pair but I believe Hashim Amla has got the mental ability to rise above pressure situations as he showed during the England match. Quinton is yet to start the party but with his previous knock against England he provided Amla with enough support to build a very solid start. Quinton does have the ability to also destroy teams which could be a telling factor against the spin dominated attack of India. Faf Du Plessis should come in at 3 with AB de Villiers in at 4. AB reminded us what he can do with the willow against England with his inventive batting. JP Duminy to come in at number 5 to set up David Miller (in at 6) and Albie Morkel (in at 7) to finish things off at the end of the innings. Wayne Parnell will take up the number 8 spot.

The bowling attack has been one of the most worrying factor throughout the T20 World Cup. Particularly the pace attack of the Proteas. Wayne Parnell has been the best bowler so far with Dale Steyn not very far behind. Beuran Hendricks and Morne Morkel have been very expensive and create a conundrum for the selectors. Imran Tahir and JP have done well with their spin bowling by claiming vital wickets when they are needed most. The bowling attack should line up with Steyn, Morkel and Parnell as the pace attack with Tahir and Duminy as the spin attack. I do not believe we need an extra spinner because this line up has good balance and is our strongest line up. Morne Morkel might have conceded plenty of runs but he is still the go-to guy in pressure situations. He usually performs well against the big sides. Albie Morkel could also bowl an odd over or two should one of the bowlers struggle for form. We have the bowlers and it is unfortunate that a really good T20 player like Aaron Phangiso has no space in the team.

South Africa’s flag is currently flying high in Bangladesh and we hope to bring back two trophies back from there. It seems as though we have learnt quite a bit in the art of winning matches. Regardless of who plays on the 4th of April, we should back our country and support them. It is about time we started winning championships and stop mentioning the “C” word. Let’s bring on the Protea Fire!

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