The objective of the Cricket South Africa is to know the pros and cons of their team and the strength of their line-up by the cricket season of Indian tour. The team is about to show what they have learnt from consequent defeats in one test-match and two one-dayers against the visitors in the third ODI against India that is to take place in Newlands on Wednesday.
The crucial players of the team, Faf Du Plessis, Ab De Villiers and Quinton de Kock are out of the team for the rest of the series due to injuries.
Speaking about their shortcomings in the first two matches, the South African Pacer Rabada said, “When you’re winning, you don’t ask yourself too many questions.”
Call for wrist-spinners
The team has to call for wrist-spinners to face the Indian spin attack as they have to get through the rest of the series without Faf du Plessis who can answer the spinners in his own way. Indian spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav did a mesmerizing performance by taking 13 wickets in the previous ODIs and made a strong base for the team’s victory.
To stay strong in the series and to get a good start in the upcoming IPL season and the World Cup 2019, they need consistent wrist-spinners as there are only seven weeks for commencement of IPL 2018.
The South Africans called five wrist-spinners to the nets for the third ODI. This step may not be an instant solution for the team’s woes but can better the situation.
Some of the South African wrist-spinners
Imran Tahir was one of the significant wrist-spinners. He did great in restricting the Indian score and he gave 51 run overs from a spell of 10 overs in the first ODI and succeeded to restrict Rahane and Kohli in the second ODI at Centurion with his performance.
For the past three years, Tahir was the first choice as a spinner for the team. Tamraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the other options but Keshav is not a wrist-spinner.
Significant players for the team
The team is accomplished with some of the experienced players like Duminy, though the crucial trio is not available for the rest of the series. Speaking after Centurion defeat, Benkenstein said,
“Even though AB and Faf aren’t playing, there are some very senior players that are still playing,”
“It’s a great opportunity for them to put their hands up and start winning some games.
Some of the players who can handle the pressure are David Miller and Hashim Amla in the middle-order. Duminy’s performance against Zimbabwe and Netherlands give the assurance to the team about keeping up the competency but his inconsistent performance fears the team.
Aiden Markram and Khaya Zondo are expected to do well in the rest of the series. Zondi is considered when looking for the second wicket-keeper and Klassen as an alternate player for De Kock.