Wasim Jaffer comments on the hype over Nortje and Rabada ahead of IND vs SA match
By SMCS - Oct 30, 2022 12:58 pm
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Former India player Wasim Jaffer has said that South African pacers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada will be a threat to India in the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 clash in Perth on Sunday, October 30. However, he added that the team also have quality fast bowlers who can trouble the Proteas batters as well.

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Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje

He told ESPNcricinfo: “Left-handers have troubled India a lot. Rilee Rossouw has scored runs, and so has Quinton de Kock. David Miller has been troubling India for a while. They’ll pose a threat, but the good thing is that our fast bowlers will be in the game on the Perth wicket. It’s not like only South Africa have Nortje and Rabada. India also have four good fast bowlers, and they will also pose a threat to the South African batters.”

While talking about Indian batters will have to be careful against South Africa’s pace bowlers, Jaffer backed the team to rise to the challenge as well.

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He stated: “The Perth factor will always be there. The batters will know that they will have to score more runs square and behind the wickets. Nortje and Rabada are world-class bowlers. They will pose a threat. No doubt about that. But I feel Indian batters will have the answer to that.”

Indian players practising in Sydney

While he was asked to pick the favourite to win Sunday’s clash, Wasim Jaffer chose the Indian team but admitted that conditions in Perth will suit the South Africans more than India.

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“India are favorites, but I won’t call them clear-cut favorites. Conditions will suit South Africa. They have players who can cause an upset. They are dark horses, you can’t count them out. During the last World Cup, they couldn’t qualify despite winning 4 out of 5 matches because of net run rate,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.