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Predicted South Africa Playing XI: Aiden Markram to tinker with winning combination vs India in T20 WC Final?

Predicted South Africa Playing XI: Aiden Markram to tinker with winning combination vs India in T20 WC Final?

With their maiden T20 World Cup on line, South Africa are expected to go all guns blazing against an in-form Indian side. However, which 11 players will the Proteas field in the vital clash?

South Africa stands on the cusp of T20 World Cup glory, marching through the tournament undefeated. Their well-oiled machine faces its biggest test yet – a battle against another unconquered Indian team in the finals at Barbados. While every player has contributed to this incredible run, the selection for the final XI presents an interesting conundrum for the Proteas.

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Case for Ottneil Baartman: Pace vs Proven spin

Barbados boasts a pitch with good bounce and carry, traditionally favoring fast bowlers. This has led many experts to believe South Africa might opt for an extra pacer in their ranks – the exciting youngster, Ottneil Baartman. Baartman, known for his remarkable variations and wicket-taking abilities, could be a potent weapon on this surface. In fact, out of the 100 wickets that we have witnessed in Barbados in the ongoing tournament, pacers have accounted 66 of those.

Why Maharaj and Shamsi deserve their spots

However, the decision isn’t straightforward. Both Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi, the current spin duo, have been exceptional throughout the tournament. Maharaj provides crucial control and variation in the middle overs, while Shamsi’s bamboozling wrist-spin proved decisive in the lop-sided semi-final win against Afghanistan. Dropping either of them disrupts a well-functioning bowling attack. In fact, South Africa already possess three high-quality pacers in Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada!

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Shamsi’s recent form, particularly against Afghanistan, throws his weight even further behind his selection. His ability to take wickets on pitches that might not be traditional turners makes him a valuable asset. The Barbados surface, with its good bounce, could offer Shamsi the chance to deceive Indians with his quicker deliveries and variations.

Predicted South Africa XI vs India:

  1. Quinton de Kock(w)
  2. Reeza Hendricks
  3. Aiden Markram(c)
  4. Tristan Stubbs
  5. Heinrich Klaasen
  6. David Miller
  7. Marco Jansen
  8. Keshav Maharaj
  9. Kagiso Rabada
  10. Anrich Nortje
  11. Tabraiz Shamsi/Ottneil Baartman
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