South Africa appears to be the finest team of the world cup 2015. Proteas have wrecked all the major cricket playing teams in the past and are hungry to do that again. Here are five important facts about this team, which opposition teams should pay heed to-
The In-form Top Order: If you name one team whose top order has looked most promising over the past few years, it would be South Africa. Their top four batsmen make room for players like Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who don’t need any introduction. Both of them are getting better and better with each match. Amla’s overall ODI average goes past 55 with an incredible strike rate of close to 90. He has 19 centuries and 27 half centuries under his belt. On the other hand, De Villiers’ ODI batting average touches 52 with strike rate of over 97. He has scored 19 hundreds and 43 fifties so far.
Hair-trigger Pace Attack: You cannot be relaxed against a side, which has bowlers like Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Both of them touch 150 Km/h speed quite repeatedly. Forget about scoring runs, first you will have to survive against these two.
Recent Performance: Before flying to Australia, South Africa played a home series against West Indies. It proved to be a good world cup preparation for the team as all the batsmen and bowlers looked in fine touch. AB de Villiers hit a 31 ball century in the same series and showed his preparations for the world cup.
Record Books: If you sideline the 2003 world cup, then South Arica has never been eliminated from the group stage matches. There are not many teams in the world, which have more consistent track record than Proteas in the world cup.
They Are Chokers For a Reason: Their history elucidates that they fail to deliver when it matters the most i.e. elimination round. In previous two world cups, they lost to two different teams in the Semi Finals. It’s still group stage, so there is a long way to go before we can comment if they will wash off their ‘chokers’ tag this time or not.
Before all, let’s see if today India can beat South Africa or not.
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