ICC World Cup 2019: Five Game Changers for South Africa
The world’s biggest event ICC World Cup 2019 is around the corner with squads already announced from all 10 participating nations. The twelfth edition of the World Cup will carry on for 45 days where teams will wrestle with each other – to win the title. South Africa is one of the strongest teams that boast about the world’s best players who’re the proven game changers.
Yet, they are still to win their first-ever ICC World Cup. Though this time they won’t be having AB De Villiers by their side, they still have some top class players.
The South Africans have been doing excellent in most of the recent tournaments. And, with them not being able to win a single title yet, they will be entering the competition with a lot of expectations. They will be going head-on with the tournament favourites England in the first game of the ICC World Cup on May 30th.
South Africa named their provisional ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad on 18th of April. It’s a good squad with some having massive game-changing abilities. Some players could turn the game within a matter of a few balls.
Here is the list of five such game-changing players of South Africa.
Five Game-Changers for South Africa:
Hashim Amla is one of the most successful batsmen of South Africa. His golden period in his career started during the Test series against England in the United Kingdom (UK).
Amla has his own share of experience against the English men and has a record of making first Test triple century in an innings of his unbeaten 311 against England. And even though he has not performed his best in past tournaments. He had garnered 7910 runs in 174 matches so far.
In his ODI matches so far, Amla had broken records held by Zahir Abbas and Viv Richards to become the fastest to score 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 ODI runs respectively. And his career-best ODI score of 159 came during the league match of the 2015 World Cup against Ireland.
Kagiso Rabada rose to glory for his 6/25 against Australia in 2014 Under-19 World Cup. The young pacer since then had been in the news regularly and now is referred to as one of the greatest fast bowlers in cricket. Rabada also holds the record for being the only bowler in ODI history to pick a five-wicket haul in his debut match.
Currently, Rabada is playing for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has been setting a benchmark for the other pacers. With 23 wickets in 11 matches, he leads the line of the most wicket-getter of IPL 2019.
With his consistency to take wickets in every match, Rabada has paved his way up becoming the head of the bowling unit in a short burst. In 66 ODI matches, Rabada has picked 106 wickets. He is at No. 7 in the ICC bowler’s ranking in ODIs. And this World Cup will be a big opportunity for the pacer to make an impact in the ODI cricket.
Quinton De Kock:
The South African Cricketer of the Year is widely regarded as one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world. Quinton De Kock is one of the most explosive young batsmen of the world and has been in good form in the international matches.
Earlier, this year, in March in ODI series against Sri Lanka, De Kock ended up scoring above 50 in almost all of the five matches. His highest in the series was of 121 off 108 balls. While in 2016, in a match against Australia at Centurion he scored a century off just 74 balls. It was his one of the best ODI series.
In 106 ODIs span of cricket, De Kock had scored 4,602 runs with 178 runs being his highest score.
The outstanding leg-spinner of South Africa plays for ODI and T20 formats for the team. He had played his debut ODI match during the 2015 World Cup where he ended up imprinting his mark in the team with his total of 14 wickets during the tournament. He became the second highest wicket-taker for his side.
Earlier this year, he had scalped three wickets for 26 runs in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Later on, Tahir announced his retirement from the ODI matches for South Africa-post this World Cup.
Tahir has been challenging the batting order of the distinct teams thoroughly since his debut in the national team. Since 2011, there has not been a single year when he had ended up taking less than 10 wickets. Though his best 7/45 had been in 2016 against Windies in a tri-nation series, conceding approximately five runs in an over.
In 98 ODI matches, he had taken 162 wickets and scored 146 runs.
Faf Du Plessis:
The Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis will play a key role as a batsman in the 12th edition of the World Cup. Plessis had been in an excellent form in all his latest matches. Whereas, he had led his team to win 11 out of 13 ODI matches held in the last two and a half years.
Since the year 2014, Plessis had been rising up the chart and scoring centuries for his team. Till now he had scored 11 centuries and 24 half centuries in 80 ODIs. Since 2018, he had aggregated 701 runs in 13 innings with a strike rate of 91.87.
In seven IPL matches for Chennai Super Kings, he had scored 179 runs with 54 his highest individual total. Whereas in 134 ODI matches he had scored 5120 runs, as 185 against Sri Lanka is his highest innings total.
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