Former Australia player turned cricket analyst Brad Hogg believes that South Africa can cause a few upsets on the Super 12s stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. he also said that they have a strong bowling unit which also included Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Along with them, they have the Number 1 ranked T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, who will lead the spin attack with Keshav Maharaj and Bjorn Fortuin as well.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said: “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.”
Brad Hogg also added that Quinton de Kock will have a lot of responsibility with the bat. Meanwhile, the team will have to set a role for David Miller as well which can bring out the best in him.
He further added: “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 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.”
Meanwhile, South Africa will go into the tournament after having won the T20 series against West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka earlier this year. Even, they won against Afghanistan and Pakistan in the warm-up fixtures as well. Meanwhile, Brad Hogg also shared that their bowling attack has a lot of all-rounders as well.
“For me, if you want to win this World Cup, you have got to have a good bowling attack. But, the West Indies don’t have this. They don’t have the out and out quicks, instead what they have is a lot of all rounders in Bravo, Pollard, Russell and Allen. What that does is it gives them a long batting order,” Brad Hogg concluded.