Brad Hogg says “I think South Africa can pull off a few upsets” in T20 World Cup 2021. Hogg believes the Proteas can cause a few upsets on the Super 12s stage. He also feels South Africa has a solid bowling unit. Their pace attack comprises Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi. They are Number 1 ranked T20I bowlers. Also, Tabraiz Shamsi will lead the spin attack with finger spinners Keshav Maharaj and Bjorn Fortuin by his side.
“Everyone is writing them off but I think they could upset a few of the teams in Group 1. Their strength lies in their bowling department, Nortje and Rabada with their pace, and Ngidi with the variations in the middle overs and death can be quite a handful. They have quality spinners in Shamsi, Maharaj, and Fortuin. So, they have got good balance in their bowling department,” Hogg said.
And then Hogg mentions that Quinton de Kock will have a lot of responsibility with the bat. The team will have to define a precise role for David Miller to get the best out of him.
“With the bat, they will rely heavily on Quinton de Kock at the top of the order. Markram is coming off age as well and Miller is in that middle order. Now, where do they bat Miller? They have to give him a certain role. Too many teams over the years have given him a different role,” Hogg added.
South Africa head into the tournament. On the back of the solid form and good preparation. They racked up T20 series wins away from home. At West Indies, Ireland, and Sri Lanka earlier this year. They are recorded wins in the warm-up series over Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Lastly, the West Indies squad saw a slight shuffle in the squad. Where the injured Fabian Allen was replaced by Akael Hossein. But even after that change, the Caribbean outfit lacks genuine bowlers. Also, Ravi Rampaul and Oshane Thomas are leading pace bowlers.