The South Africa team has been an average side in the across all the formats since the exit of players of Ab De Villiers and Dale Steyn, and Morne Morkel. Their last notable performance was in the 2015 World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals but ultimately lost to New Zealand. This T20 World Cup campaign will be critical to them as they have build a strong squad that has the capability to do well in the pitches like UAE and Oman.
The Cricket South Africa has announced the South Africa 18-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. They posted an update on their official Twitter account,
South Africa 15-man squad for T20 World Cup 2021
Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizzard Williams
The team will be led by Temba Bavuma, with experienced Quinton De Kock as the wicket-keeper and the most vital batsman. Along with them, Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram are currently playing well for South Africa in international cricket. In the middle-order, Heinrick Klaasen and David Miller would look to boost the team in the final overs. The main strength for the team will be bowling unit, in the presence of Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje.
The middle-order batsman Heinrich Klaasen has been terrific for the Proteas for past many years and built crucial partnerships and finished the games well. With the consistent performances, he has been rewarded with an inclusion in his first ICC tournament since debut in 2018.
The former South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis and leg-spinner Imran Tahir was not chosen to play for the national team in the T20 World Cup 2021. Faf took the retirement from the tests to focus on T20s, while Tahir retired after 2019 World Cup and had an aim of performing well in T20 World Cup. But, both the players have not been included, which is a little shock as they are busy playing in the CPL 2021 and will feature in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 as well.
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