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South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
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South Africa’s Free Agents Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris And Imran Tahir Left Out Of 15-Member Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup

South Africa will go into this year’s T20 World Cup without experienced T20I specialists Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris besides Imran Tahir, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Thursday. Temba Bavuma will lead a 15-man squad which CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said was “a new group of players, with new heroes to be made.”

The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates from October 23 to November 14. The T20I World Cup was last held in 2016 which was won by West Indies.

South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith Image Source : ICC
South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith – Image Source: ICC

South Africa’s Director Graeme Smith Opens Up On Discussions About Free Agents- Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, And Faf du Plessis

Graeme Smith said talks had been held with 37-year-old Faf du Plessis but said it was not possible to reach an agreement with the former captain who is now regarded as a “free agent” as he is no longer contracted to CSA.

“When you are working with free agents you have to come together. You have to find that balance that works for both the team and the free agents,” said Smith.

“With Faf in particular we struggled to find that balance.”

Although Faf du Plessis retired from Test cricket last year he said he was available for white-ball cricket and stated that he wanted to play in the next two T20 World Cups. He confirmed before Thursday’s announcement he remained available for selection. Faf du Plessis underlined his credentials by hitting 120 off 60 balls in a Caribbean Premier League match for St Lucia Kings against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Basseterre last Saturday.

Chris Morris, 34, signed a record US$2.2-million deal with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League earlier this year and is regarded as a leading T20 all-rounder. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr & became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history. He was the 2nd joint-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021 before it was postponed with 14 scalps.

 Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

Graeme Smith said Chris Morris had made himself unavailable to play for South Africa after last representing the country in March 2019. Graeme Smith said veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir, 42, was another free agent whose participation had been discussed.

“He’s had a great run and he’s still being successful but we’re very confident in the spin bowlers we have available.”

Faf du Plessis made his T20I debut against England in 2012. Since then he has gone on to play fifty T20I matches for the Proteas and scored 1,528 runs at a strike rate of 134.39.

Another notable player to miss out from South Africa’s squad was Janneman Malan, who has scored 241 runs in 11 T20I matches with the highest score of 55 runs since making his debut against Pakistan in 2019. He has also scored 645 runs in 10 ODI matches for South Africa and has shined in domestic cricket as well.

Keshav Maharaj, Uncapped In T20Is Is Included In A Squad Led By Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma will captain a young side in the UAE – he is expected to recover from a thumb injury in time for the tournament – that also featured Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20I. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Kagiso Rabada are the only players in the squad who played in the 2016 World T20 in India.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

The Proteas instead have gone in Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorious as all-around options. Meanwhile, George Linde, Andile Phehlikwayo, and Lizaad Williams will travel with the team as reserves. 

Quinton de Kock and Henrich Klaasen are the two wicket-keeping options while David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are quality options with the bat. South Africa has gone with a strong pace attack and included Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two specialists spinners.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Travelling reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams.

Ireland's Simi Singh | Cricket Ireland / Twitter
Ireland's Simi Singh | Cricket Ireland / Twitter

Simi Singh Becomes 1st Cricketer To Score A Ton Batting At No. 8 In A Losing Cause

Simi Singh, an Irish cricketer who was born in Punjab in India, has gone on to create a new world record. He has become the first cricketer to score a hundred at the No. eight position in ODI cricket history.

The ODI series between Ireland and South Africa have seen a lot of excitement. After the first match of the series was washed out, Ireland stunned the Proteas in the second match by winning their first-ever ODI battle against them. In the third ODI of the series, No. 8 batsman Simi Singh went on to create a world record but in a lost cause.

Simi Singh creates world record for Ireland
Simi Singh creates world record for Ireland | Photo Credit: AP

Simi Singh Smashes Century Coming On To Bat When Ireland Was Reeling At 92/6

The Punjab-born Simi Singh smashed a stunning century against South Africa as he came in to bat after Lorcan Tucker was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo for just one run. Ireland was reeling at 92 for 6 in the 19th over when Simi Singh came on to bat in the mammoth chase of 347 runs.

The spin-bowling allrounder looked unfazed facing a highly proficient and experienced bowling attack consisting of Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi.  He shared a 104 run partnership with Curtis Campher but ran out of partners.

Cricket Ireland
Cricket Ireland

Simi Singh did his best in taking Ireland closer to the difficult target but he had little to no help from the other end. Other than Curtis Campher (54 of 54), no batsman even managed to touch the 30-run mark in the chase. Simi Singh remained unbeaten on 100 off 91 balls, scoring 14 boundaries in the process, as Ireland was bundled out for 276/10.

Earlier, Kenya’s Thomas Odoyo held the record of scoring the most amount of runs at the No. 8 position in a single ODI inning. Thomas Odoyo had registered 84 runs in a match against Bangladesh in 2006. While a century has been scored at the No. 7 position, no player at No. 8 or below had scored an ODI ton in history before.

Janneman Malan Scores 177 Off 169 Balls And Wins Both MOM And MOS

South Africa’s Janneman Malan seems destined to join the bandwagon of superstars of South Africa. The opening batsman smashed a breathtaking knock of 177 runs from 169 balls with the help of 16 four and 6 sixes.

Janneman Malan, playing his 7th ODI has now aggregated a whopping 483 runs averaging a staggering 120.75. The 177 against Ireland was Janneman Malan’s second ODI century after an unbeaten 129 against Australia in his 2nd ODI. He has also maintained a healthy strike rate in his career so far, scoring runs at 94.34.

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Janneman Malan deservingly was named the player of the match and series and if it wasn’t for him, Simi Singh’s century might not have gone in vain. The 3-match series now concludes with both Ireland and South Africa winning one game apiece.

South Africa overpowered Ireland by 70 runs in the third one-day international at Malahide on Friday to end the series all level at 1-1. Ireland was eyeing their first ODI campaign success against a top-eight nation after a 43-run win in the 2nd ODI put them 1-0 up following a washed-out opener. But Janneman Malan’s career-best 177 not out was the centrepiece of the Proteas’ imposing 346-4 on Friday.

Together with Quinton de Kock, who made 120, Janneman Malan shared a first-wicket partnership of 225.

SA vs IRE scores:
South Africa 346-4, 50 overs (J Malan 177 no, Q de Kock 120), Ireland 276, 47.1 overs (Simi Singh 100 no, C Campher 54; T Shamsi 3-46, A Phehlukwayo 3-56)

Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19
Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19

Ireland Wicketkeeper-Batsman Neil Rock Tests Covid-19 Positive Prior To South Africa Series

Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock has tested positive for COVID-19. Neil Rock earned his maiden call-up to the Ireland squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.

Following the development, Neil Rock has been placed in isolation while 22-year-old Stephen Doheny, who is also uncapped, has been called up as his replacement.

Neil Rock in action for Northern Knights Getty Images
Neil Rock in action for Northern Knights Getty Images

Ireland Wicketkeeper Batsman Neil Rock Tests Covid-19 Positive

In the 1st T20I, South Africa have rested keeper Quinton de Kock and pacer Anrich Nortje. Janneman Malan will be Aiden Markram’s opening partner and Kyle Verreynne will be donning the keeping gloves. Also, they have picked both their left-arm spinners.

Cricket Ireland confirmed the development and released an official statement which read:“Team management was informed of the positive result today, and Rock has been isolated from the squad as he awaits a follow-up test at the team hotel. Doheny, meanwhile, will undergo a COVID test this afternoon and – given a negative outcome – will join the squad tomorrow.”

Cricket Ireland
Cricket Ireland

The players and support staff who have come in contact with Neil Rock will have to undergo testing as per the protocols in place.

Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland, informed: “Due to our biosecurity measures and contact tracing, we are satisfied that we do not have any genuine close contact cases and this should therefore have minimal impact on the squad.

“However, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of the series start, we will test one player and one staff member who had confirmed they spent a short amount of time with Neil with correct COViD safe precautions in place. We expect them to test negative and re-join the squad tomorrow.”

Ireland will be battling against South Africa in the first of the three-match ODI series. This will be the first time the Irish team will play in a bilateral series against the Proteas. The visitors, under the leadership of Temba Bavuma, are coming into this tour on the back of thrashing Windies by 3-2. They won the T20I series there by 2-1.

Ireland, on the other hand, too would be looking to improve their tally of points in the ICC Super League as they have won only two of their nine matches so far.

Ireland Captain Andy Balbrinie: Proteas Will Be Firm Favourites But Ireland Has Match Winners In Team

South Africa’s tour of Ireland will begin with the first match of the ODI series in Dublin on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the series to the media, Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie admitted that the Proteas will be firm favourites. He, however, asserted that Ireland does have match-winners who can make a difference.

Balbirnie said: “A lot of people on the outside will look at this and say there’s only one team winning this series, and that’s fair enough because it’s a really impressive South Africa side. I don’t have to keep harping on about how good a team they are – I think everyone knows there is a big gulf in the teams.”

Andy Balbirnie
Andy Balbirnie Sportsfile/Getty Images.

Balbirnie added: “But we do have match-winners in our team. We showed that last year when we played England. We maybe haven’t got the results we’d want recently, but whenever we’re put in front of a really tough challenge, we tend to come out with something. The guys are going to go out and express themselves and hopefully can come out with a good result.”

The three-match ODI series between Ireland and South Africa will be followed by three T20Is, which will be played from July 20-25.

Andy Balbirnie has said there will be “no excuses” if his Ireland team fails to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, after a slow start to the Super League campaign which will determine whether or not they have to play in a separate qualifying tournament.

Ireland pulled off an upset by beating England in their third Super League game last summer, but have struggled for consistency since then, losing 3-0 to Afghanistan in the UAE and 2-1 against the Netherlands last month, putting a major dent in their chances of automatic qualification.


Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Simi Singh, Joshua Little, Craig Young

South Africa (Playing XI): Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne(w), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Absence Of AB de Villiers Diminished South Africa’s Chances To Win 2021 T20I World Cup: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has said the absence of AB de Villiers has further diminished South Africa’s slim chances of winning the 2021 T20 World Cup.

AB de Villiers recently told Mark Boucher that he would not be playing for South Africa again. The Proteas great’s excellent form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 had earlier rekindled hopes of his return to the national setup.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: South Africa’s Chances Of Progressing Would’ve Been Better If AB de Villiers Was There

While responding to a fan question in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra almost ruled out South Africa as a T20 World Cup contender in the absence of AB de Villiers.

“The chances of their progressing would have been better if AB de Villiers was there but if he is not there, it is impossible to get a player of his quality. The team still has good players but is it a team that can win the World Cup, I personally don’t think so,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While acknowledging that South Africa can upset a few top-ranked teams, the former India player pointed out that the side might be found wanting on the slightly slower and spin-friendly tracks.

“This team can do well, trouble a few people and spoil other teams’ parties but they might not be able to win the World Cup because wherever it happens, whether in India or the UAE, I have my reservations with regards to their chances to win the tournament in these conditions,” added Aakash Chopra.

While AB de Villiers has ruled himself out, South Africa has also not picked some of their experienced players like Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris for the T20I series against West Indies and Ireland. The Proteas team would be weakened further if such accomplished players are not in their scheme of things for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Aakash Chopra: South Africa Failed To Win Either T20I Or ODI World Cup Even In AB de Villiers’ Presence

Aakash Chopra also highlighted that some of the best South African sides in the past have failed to win a World Cup.

“The first thing is whether they can win the World Cup is a big question. They did not win when AB de Villiers was there as well. They play well but something happens when they come for an ICC trophy,” said Aakash Chopra.

South African Cricket Team
South African Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While admitting that one can never rule out a team, the 43-year-old signed off by stating that South Africa does not seem to have a side that can go the full distance.

“At this point in time, the team is not that good. Let’s be fair, don’t count them out. They are a good team, they fight but they are also a team that struggles at the end and chokes at times. They don’t really know how to close the big moments. That problem has been there with this team,” observed Aakash Chopra.

South Africa is likely to field a young and rather inexperienced side in the T20 World Cup, with Temba Bavuma at the helm of affairs. It would certainly be a tall ask for them to win their maiden World Cup in unfamiliar conditions. South Africa has never won an ODI or T20I World Cup.

With two T20 World Cups scheduled within a span of one year, South Africa will be keen to see the likes of Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, and Lizaad Williams making a mark in the series.

South Africa Test squad for WI tour

Dean Elgar (C), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Prenelen Subrayen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

South Africa squad for WI and IRE T20Is

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius.

South Africa squad IRE ODIs

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan (Image Credit: Twitter)

India Vs South Africa 2020: Janneman Malan Added In South African ODI Squad

After impressively starting the ODI career, the 23-year-old right-handed batsman Janneman Malan has been added in the South African ODI squad for the upcoming tour in India.

South Africa will soon travel to India for the three-match ODI series. These ODIs will be played on 12th, 15th and 18th March at Dharamshala, Lucknow and Kolkata respectively.

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) has already announced the strong 15-member ODI squad for the upcoming India tour. However, the selectors have been impressed very much with the performances of recently ODI debutant Janneman Malan during the home ODI series against Australia.

Malan, Janneman Malan, South Africa
Janneman Malan (Image Credit: Twitter)

The board revealed this decision during the third and final game of the home ODI series against Australia. The 16-member South African ODI side will leave their country for India on Sunday (8th March) morning.

Janneman Malan’s early story: Golden duck on ODI debut; match-winning century in the next ODI

Malan, Janneman Malan, South Africa
Janneman Malan (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Janneman Malan, who played two T20Is in early 2019, made his ODI debut during the opening game of the recent three-match home ODI series against Australia. Though coming to bat as an opener, he scored a golden duck in that game, Malan hit a brilliant match-winning century in the next game of that series. Chasing down the 272 runs target, the right-handed batsman scored 129 not out off 139 balls (7 fours and 4 sixes).

While South Africa played their last ODI of that series on Saturday (7th March) at Potchefstroom, opener Malan provided a good start at the chasing but lost his wicket after scoring 23 runs. However, South Africa won all the matches of that series as they won that series by 3-0.

India Vs South Africa 2020: Janneman Malan Added In South African ODI Squad 1
South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)

South African latest updated ODI squad for the India tour: Quinton de Kock (captain/wicketkeeper), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lundi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, George Linde and Janneman Malan.

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan (Image Credit: Twitter)

South African Cricketer Janneman Malan Creates History On ODI Debut

On Saturday (29th February), during the first ODI of the three-match home ODI series against Australia at Paarl, South African cricketer Janneman Malan made his ODI debut and very soon created history which he will never want to remember.

While the South African captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and decided to bat first in the Paarl ODI, the 23-year-old Janneman Malan opened the innings along with the skipper Quinton de Kock.

Janneman Malan scored a golden duck after losing his wicket on the first ball of the match

On the very first ball of the game, Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc trapped Janneman Malan for lbw. But the bowling end umpire, Nigel Llong didn’t raise his finger on that appeal from the Australian side. Australian captain Aaron Finch took the review, and it resulted in opening the wicket column as Llong had to change his decision to out.

Janneman Malan, ODI debut, duck
Janneman Malan was out on the first ball of his ODI debut (Image Credit: Reuters)

With that dismissal, Janneman Malan became the first ODI debutant cricketer to get out on the very first ball of the ODI match.

On 31st July 2009, during the Basseterre ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh, the debutant Caribbean opener Kieran Powell was also dismissed on the first legal delivery of that match. Bangladesh right-arm pacer Mahbubul Alam took that wicket after successfully managed to trap that batsman for the lbw dismissal. But, Mahbubul Alam conceded a wide on the very first delivery of that match, and that’s why the first ball was not the legitimate delivery of that match.

South African Cricketer Janneman Malan Creates History On ODI Debut 2
Kieran Powell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Due to this reason, Proteas cricketer Janneman Malan has taken his name to the special position which never happened before the latest Paarl ODI. However, Malan will surely want to forget this special record as soon as possible.

Janneman Malan, ODI debut, duck
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Proteas captain and the other opener Quinton de Kock scored 15 runs while Temba Bavuma scored 26 runs. However, another ODI debutant Kyle Verreynne played the crucial knock of 48 runs while Heinrich Klaasen handled the situation and strongly guided the team to the good total with his brilliant maiden ODI century. Klassen scored 123 not out off 114 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes), and it helped the South African team to score 291/7 (50 overs) in the first innings. David Miller also scored 64 runs off 70 balls.