The relation between the South Africa cricket team and the World Cup has been a strange one- so close yet so far. They, despite having good teams always have failed to make it big enough. The chokers tag has followed them to the World Cup as well. Let’s take a look at the Strengths and Weaknesses of Team South Africa for the ICC World Cup 2019.
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Aiden Markram, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris
Strength of Team South Africa
The South African side is boasting one of the best bowling attacks in world cricket. The young Kagiso Rabada, with experienced Dale Steyn, can any day change the game. IPL 2019 has witnessed the same many times. Lungi Ngidi, Dwayne Pretorius and Chris Morris can produce match winning spells with their pace bowling. Apart from these pacers, there is experienced, Imran Tahir. Tahir, alongside Steyn, will be most likely playing his last World Cup. Both of them would love to end it on a high note. The batting line up consisted of Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Hasim Amla is an asset for the team.
Weaknesses of Team South Africa
History suggests that both Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram have had a terrible record in World Cup. Although South African selectors showed faith on the experience and class, their forms can ditch anytime. So technically apart from Faf du and de Kock, South Africa do not have dependable bats in the side. Miller and Duminy cannot be trusted considering the downfall of their careers. Lack of lower order batsmen is also an issue for the side. Along with the all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius has the ability to accelerate at the death but one cannot back on them. The team lacks from a good back up wicketkeeper as well. Rassie van der Dussen is the second option other than David Miller who probably last time kept wickets during his under-19days.
Written By Shreysi Dravid