India, Australia, England, and South Africa. These were titled as the strongest contenders for world cup 2019 both player strength and statistically. Past the first stage of the tournament, South Africa has really disappointed cricket fans and their board. Even after having experienced players throughout the playing 11, the team has fallen apart as of this stage. While many critics that the absence of De Villiers is clearly seen on the African side, some say that Africa needs a better captain. With too many big guns it won’t be an easy job for Du Plessis but one thing is worth noting, the team is strong enough to bounce back if their match winners play at their best.
So far, the form of Hashim Amla has been one of the primary concerns for the team in this tournament. He has been one of the best players and was consistently at number 1 until 2 years ago. In the last 18 matches which date back to 2018, he has scored less than 600 runs and was unable to cross 2000 in last 50 matches. As an opener, he has been a scorer and base setter for the team and since Villiers retirement, the batting order revolves around him.
Apart from this, the form of David Miller has affected the team’s performance. Miller disappointed fans in IPL too, which is his very own format of the game. The additional quick runs that he adds for the team total has helped South Africa in crossing the 300+ mark a lot of times. Also, he has helped the team chase some painful target by playing an absolute match-winning knock in the final 10 overs. South Africa must really be looking forward to Miller regaining his form. However, the captain himself, De Kock and Duminy look better and hopefully, the team will emerge from the pit.
This team was also supposed to be the best bowling side. While Rabada and boys are giving us a fast and entertaining show, they are losing their rhythm in the middle overs and towards the end. A couple of bowlers are being targeted in every match which is seen in the economy columns of these bowlers. With Tahir being the only true spinner in the team and Duminy struggling to make his overs count, South Africa will have to redo their bowling strategies and ensure that they take less damage.
After De Villiers return controversy which was turned down by the South African cricket board by stating that this would a sign of doubt in their team and player returns after retirement can affect higher authorities, it is clear that the team has a lot to prove. The only point that Africans have is from a match against West Indies which was abandoned due to rain. Hopefully, the team will take it well and win its coming matches.