As we go closer to the 2016 T20 World Cup, South Africa once again arrive as one of the frontrunners, placed at No.3 in the ICC Twenty20 Rankings.
Same like Australia, South Africa didn’t won T20 World Cup but Recently South Africa made it to the semi-final of the 2015 ODI World Cup, winning their first ever knockout game in the 50 over format, that has haunted them since 1992.
South Africa have a good chance of wining over the inexperience from Sri Lanka and a West Indies side that hasn’t played much T20 cricket, while England, after the ongoing T20 series, will not be an unfamiliar proposition so South Africa will have chance to qualify easily.
Another was most of the top south african players like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, David Wiese and David Miller have plenty of IPL experience.So Most South Africans are no strangers to Indian conditions.
They have explosive batsmen in the form of Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller and Rilee Rossouw. They have a bowling all-rounder at No.7, Wiese giving them more bowling options without compromising too much on the batting front.
And at last but not the least, AB de Villiers ( 360 Degree Batsman )
AB de Villiers has two kinds of T20 stats.
- In international cricket he averages 22.5 at a strike-rate of 125 and
- T20 cricket he averages close to 31 at a strike-rate of close to 140
Although that is because the quality of bowling goes down a tad bit in a non-international T20, it is in many ways an anomaly, considering how De Villiers has taken the best bowlers to the cleaners including his countryman, Dale Steyn.
The criticism of him batting lower down the order was resolved by captain Faf du Plessis by sending SA’s star batsman to open the innings. On a good day, South Africa can win it right there.