Aakash Chopra says “Temba Bavuma doesn’t even go at run-a-ball” in T20 World Cup 2021. He feels South Africa’s batting could be their Achilles heel. In their T20 World Cup 2021 opener against Australia. South Africa faces Australia in the first game of the Super 12 stage. Both sides will want to get off to a winning start. Especially, it’s considering that Group 1 has six formidable teams. While previewing the Australia and South Africa encounter. Chopra picked the Temba Bavuma-led side’s batting as their weak link.
“Quinton de Kock, the opener, he is solid. He hits amazingly well, there is no doubt in that. But other than him in the batting, Temba Bavuma doesn’t even go at run-a-ball, Reeza Hendricks – he doesn’t fire. Aiden Markram doesn’t set the world on fire, goes at a slightly slower pace,” Aakash Chopra said.
Chopra believes that apart from Quinton de Kock. Also, only Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to an extent. They are the only other South Africa batters who can hold their own in the shortest series of the game.
Rassie van der Dussen
“Rassie van der Dussen does amazing things, so that makes it two players. David Miller – if his performance is at the top then great but if it is down, which we have seen generally in the IPL in the last few years, then this team tends to fall short,” Chopra said.
Lastly, Reeza Hendricks and Bavuma have T20I strike rates in the 120s. Although Aiden Markram strikes at almost 150. He is set the stage on fire against quality bowling lineups. Chopra highlighted that South Africa has a potent bowling attack.
“South Africa’s bowling is their strength. They have two very good bowlers in Nortje and Rabada. You can play Ngidi as well, which makes it three. After that, you play Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj – that makes it your five,” Chopra elaborated.
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