- South Africa will look to continue their winning ways when they tour India and compete in five T20 games
- Indian will be looking to claim bragging rights and end South Africa's dominance when they host the Proteas in the T20 series
- Ongama Gcwabe spoke to former Proteas performance analyst, Prasanna Agoram, about the teams chance in India
South Africa have enjoyed a successful run in white-ball cricket in India. Since 2010, the Proteas have not lost a white-ball series in India.
The Proteas will be looking to continue that rich vein of form when they compete against India in a five-match T20 series starting on Thursday, 9 June.
The last time they toured India, in 2019, Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 79 off 52 deliveries helped South Africa save the T20 series 1-1 after one of the three matches was abandoned without a ball bowled.
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Four years prior, JP Duminy’s heroics with the bat saw South Africa seal a 2-0 series victory over a strong India T20I side that was led by MS Dhoni. De Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers followed up the T20I series triumph with stellar performances to defeat India 3-2 in an ODI series in the same tour.
The Proteas even beat India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team that had stars the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag. But can the new look Proteas T20I team that has two uncapped players in Tristan Stubbs and Marco Jansen keep the record alive? Can KL Rahul inspire the Indian side to turn the tables over South Africa?
Sports Brief contributor Ongama Gcwabe spoke to former Proteas Performance Analyst, Prasanna Agoram, and put together this exclusive report.
“I’ve got very high hopes for this team doing well here (in India),” said Agoram, who now applies his trade at Gauteng Cricket in South Africa.
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“South Africa has a unique record in India in white-ball cricket. I’ve been privileged to be a part of the team in the last decade from 2011 to 2021. The only team not to have lost a series in white-ball, both ODIs and T20Is, is none other than South Africa. This includes a World Cup win over India in 2011 in Nagpur. This is by no means a small achievement.
“South Africa have always had the tag of being tough tourists and they have proven that. No other foreign players have done well in India in a consistent basis. Be it Quinton de Kock or Kagiso Rabada. All these guys have had good performances in India, be it in the IPL or for South Africa.
“This team has got all basis covered to challenge the Indian team. I can’t see any reason why this team can’t do well and win the series which I’m really expecting,” he added.
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The Proteas will be up against an inexperienced but highly skilled India T20I squad. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant will lead this young squad side by side. Among the many exciting youngsters that will feature in the series is none other than Umran Malik. The young fast bowler has been impressive for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League this past season.
The question is, will the South Africans survive the express pace of Umran Malik?
Prasanna Agoram gives his insights on the question.
“Umran Malik is an absolutely exciting talent. If someone bowls 20 out of 24 balls at 150 KPH or more it’s going to be exciting. Any fast bowler who can hit those levels of speed and have the accuracy of Umran Malik, they will always pose a threat for any batters,”
“A lot of people want to see him play and the main question to be asked is whether he can clock 160 KPH and join the elite club of Shoaib Akhtar and Shaun Tait. I can tell you, the extreme pace of Umran Malik is definitely not going to affect the South African batters because they are used to playing pace back at home. They had the lightning-quick Allan Donald and Dale Steyn, and now Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, so I don’t see pace being a real threat.
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“That’s something the South African batters love. They love more pace. The only issue has been spin for the South Africans. I don’t think the inclusion of Umran Malik will give them sleepless nights. Ten of the players in the SA touring squad played in the IPL, so they would’ve had a real glimpse of what Malik is capable of doing, his strengths and weaknesses. It’s not something the South African batters should be worried about.”
South Africa T20I Squad:
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen,
Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne
Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie
van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
India T20I Squad:
KL Rahul (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer,
Rishabh Pant(VC) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Y
Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar, Harshal Patel, Avesh
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Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
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