South Africa is facing a rough transitional phase both on and off the field. The Proteas, who once looked fierce and competitive, appears quiet and weak. There was a time when fans used to be sure that South Africa will at least reach the semi-final stage in any ICC tournament. These expectations were due to the presence of AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
However, things have changed. The young players have not been able to fit in perfectly and have struggled in ICC tournaments.
They were defeated in their last 5 T20I series, including one home series. The team entirely depends on their more experienced cricketers – Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis. However, Du Plessis failed to make an impact in the last couple of series and that has caused South Africa’s downfall. With the T20 World Cup around the corner, the selectors will have a huge task on their hands to get the combination right.
So, let’s have a look at the players who can find a place in the World Cup squad:
Top Order: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram
Quinton is the key at the top. The wicketkeeper-batsman has a knack of playing stylish shots from the start and dominate the bowlers. However, his recent form might concern the management.
The newly recruited white-ball skipper, Temba Bavuma is currently struggling with injury. But he will be raring to lead the side from the font.
Despite his age, South Africa will go for Faf du Plessis because of the amount of experience he holds. The former skipper looked in great form in the IPL and selectors would be hoping that he could replicate his form in the WC.
Aiden Markram is another batsman you cannot overlook. The batsman looked in good form against Pakistan. The same goes for Janneman Malan, who has shown his potential in the shorter format of the game.