The T20 World Cup has not been kind on South Africa. Not only have they never won it, but they’ve never even come close. They haven’t made a final and even semi-final appearances have been few and far between.

It’s not just their history that is against them this time. In AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, they have two of the finest T20 batters around. They are both prolific run-scorers and with all the experience in the world under their belts. But neither will play at the World Cup with the Proteas sticking with the players who are always available for their country rather than those who pick and choose when they play.

A good performance would have been hard enough with those two playing. Without them, it will be very hard indeed.

South Africa World Cup odds

They’re the seventh favorites for the T20 World Cup with South Africa World Cup odds currently at 10.00 with Betway. So, if you’re interested in South Africa World Cup betting, you know what odds you can back SA at to go all the way.  But you can do better with your money than back them.

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South Africa World Cup Betting: Players to watch

Kagiso Rabada The sight of a tall, slim fast bowler steaming in and bowling at a great pace is one of the beautiful sights of cricket. And few are better at it than Kagiso Rabada. Very much the successor to Dale Steyn as leader of their bowling attack, Rabada is also a thinking man’s bowler, using changes of pace and length to get batsmen out as much as just raw pace. Last year he was the top wicket-taker in the IPL and this season he’s been in good form, too. His four overs will be crucial.

Quinton de Kock – De Kock had a poor IPL in 2021 to the extent that Mumbai picked James Neesham instead of him for the final two games. But on his day, he’s one of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball in the world and one of the most feared batters around. A diminutive left-handed wicket-keeper, he loves cutting and pulling and is far stronger than he looks. He’s been opening the batting in white-ball cricket for them for years and much depends on whether he can get them off to fast starts.

Anrich Nortje Rabada’s team-mate at Delhi is becoming one of the best T20 bowlers around.  If there’s a slight flashiness about Rabada, then Nortje is all simplicity and a straight-down-to-business approach. Like Rabada, he usually bowls two overs at the top and then comes back for another two at around the 15-over mark, or at the death. That his economy rate in the 2021 IPL was under 6 tells you all you need to know about how well he’s been playing.

South Africa Squad & Schedule

Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams

South Africa – Super12, Group 1


23 Oct – v Australia

26 Oct – v West Indies

30 Oct – v A1

2 Nov – v B2

6 Nov – v England

Prediction for South Africa at T20 World Cup 2021

So, what do we make of South Africa World Cup odds of 10.00? We don’t like them one bit. Their ICC ranking of fifth suggests they’re neither a great side nor a particularly poor one but there are issues within their team. Issues that would have been (somewhat) solved had AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis been there, or at least one of the two.

Without them, they have a weak-looking middle order where David Miller, in particular, carries on disappointing. Heinrich Klassen is a big hitter though and if he can get going, that could make a difference.

Their strength lies in their bowling: Rabada and Nortje are joined by Lungi Ngidi in a star pace attack and then there’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who just happens to be the Number 1 ranked T20I bowler in the world. The left-arm spinner could be dangerous in the UAE.

But there have been too many failures over the years to think things will be different this time around.

South Africa’s history at Previous T20 World Cups

They made the semis in 2014, eventually losing to India. A decent team batting effort saw them post a competitive 172-4 but Virat Kohli was just too good for them on the day, scoring 72 off 44 to get them home with a few balls to spare.

But they may well have won it back in 2009. An excellent team including Gibbs, Smith, Kallis, de Villiers, and Steyn appeared to have all the bases covered but they failed to chase Pakistan’s total in the semi, ultimately being undone by the spin of Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi. They may never come that close again.

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