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ICC World Cup T20 2022 Feature: Good Luck and Good Form is key to success for South Africa

South Africa's David Miller
South Africa's David Miller
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The ICC World Cup T20 2022 starts on 16th October, in Australia, and South Africa is scheduled to play their first match on October 24th – will the Proteas lift that first piece of global silverware?

Here, some of their players discuss the team’s chances at the World Cup and how their T20 squad has developed over the last few years.

 

But first, let’s check out the squad…..

South Africa’s World Cup T20 Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Heinrich Klaasen (wicket-keeper), Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rillee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs (wicket-keeper).

Reserves: Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo

 

South Africa have a good chance of lifting this year’s T20 World Cup and the cricket betting odds support that, however, what do the players think…..

 

How is the South Africa team shaping up as we head towards the T20 World Cup?

Quinton de Kock commented: We’ve had a good run in the last year, we've done really well. It was a slow start when Mark Boucher came in but we knew it was going to be because we had to come up with a blueprint and a plan for how we want to go about things.

David Miller commented: We have been building up the squad for some time now and everyone's understanding their roles. We’re playing really, really well as a team. Individual performance is obviously crucial and the lads are putting their hands up when they need to. But as a team, we’ve bought into what we want to do and what works. It was fantastic to captain the team to a series victory in England. To win in England has been a challenge for us.

 

What do South Africa need to do to lift that first piece of global silverware?

Quinton de Kock commented: At the World Cup, it's anybody's game. The team that’s in form is not necessarily going to be the team that's going to win it, you also need a bit of luck. Last year we were a bit unlucky to only lose one game and not even make a play-off. If we just stick to what we've been doing, our process, we'll do really well.

David Miller commented: Looking back on winning the IPL with Gujarat Titans, you obviously need stand-up performances. That goes without saying. Enjoy each other’s success and want to be the match-winner. If you're ticking the boxes, and you're doing the right things along the way, generally, the outcome goes your way. So hopefully, things go our way in the World Cup.

 

The game continues to evolve with scores going up and up. How much further do you think it can go?

David Miller commented: The amount of skill in world cricket is pretty phenomenal. As a batter it’s about keeping ahead of the game and sharp for as long as possible. The fear factor has gone now because it’s been proven what is possible. Teams aren’t intimidated by big run chases or run rates. At some stage, you’d have to say that 300 in a T20 or 500 in an ODI will happen.

Quinton de Kock commented: Nobody wants to be left behind. You always want to live up to your talent and you always want to keep growing. Who knows what the limit is?

 

What are the keys to staying mentally fresh?

Quinton de Kock commented: The biggest thing since I retired from Test cricket is that there’s probably not so much pressure on my body anymore. I'm still playing loads of cricket, but T20s are easier on the body than Test matches, when you have to come back for a few long days in a row. For me, my body being fresh means that I stay mentally fresh. I can play for a few different teams and stay fairly relaxed. That’s the benefit of only playing white-ball cricket.

 

For the full player interviews, head over to the Betway Insider and check out what Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi say about the international cricket schedule, the future of the game and the development of their T20 team.

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