Top Talent To Dazzle At T20
Posted: 19 February 2021
South African cricket fans can look forward to a festival of high quality T20 cricket, with the CSA T20 Challenge being played in Durban from the 19th (today) to the 28th of February.
The Proteas were due to play Australia from the 3rd of March, but when Cricket Australia decided that they would not be touring South Africa, cricket fans were left frustrated and worried about a lack of cricket for the national team.
This cancellation meant that the Proteas big guns were available to participate in the local tournament.
With the T20I World Cup scheduled for later in the year, this has become the perfect opportunity for the South African selectors to look at the players available.
A dry Durban will also be great preparation for the World Cup in India, as Durban has some of the most spinner-friendly pitches in the country.
Durban and cricket, however, usually bring a bit of rain, so we will have our fingers crossed that the rain stays away. The teams are evenly matched with the Proteas, former Proteas and exciting young talent in all six teams involved.
There are three teams that are set to standout as early favourites on paper. The Dolphins have home ground advantage and probably the best spin attack in the country. The other two are Gauteng-based rivals, the Lions and the Titans.
These two are full of Proteas cricketers and seem to have the best balance between batting, spin bowling and fast bowling. The Knights, Cobras and Warriors might be outsiders, but they have some exciting youngsters who are future stars.
The likes of Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Wandile Makwetu and Tony de Zorzi are some young names that are likely to feature in the future of South African cricket. T20 is also the best form of the game for the underdog, as “the fewer the overs, the closer the teams get”.
We are looking forward to an exciting week and a half of cricket. We hope that the Durban weather allows the sport to be enjoyed and the tournament is won on the field and not won by the rain.