T20 World Cup 2024 Final, SA vs IND: Probable XI & Players to watch out for | South Africa vs India

Jun 28, 2024

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The stage is set for an culminating showdown as India prepare to take on South Africa in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Scheduled to take place at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, the match promises to be a thrilling encounter between two top teams.

India’s dominance and South Africa’s unbeaten streak

India asserted their dominance in the Super 8 stage, winning all three of their matches and finishing as table toppers. Their comprehensive 68-run victory over England in the semi-final showcased their depth and determination heading into the final.

Similarly, South Africa displayed formidable form in the Super 8 stage, also winning all their matches and topping the table. They demolished Afghanistan in a one-sided encounter, chasing down the target in just 8.5 overs, underlining their prowess in the tournament.

Quest for ICC title

South Africa, despite their strong performances in various ICC tournaments, have yet to lift the ICC World Cup trophy, making this final even more significant for them. In contrast, India, with their last ICC World Cup triumph in 2013, will be eager to reclaim the title and add another feather to their cap after the long decade gap.

Also READ: India vs South Africa, who will win T20 World Cup 2024? Predictions, Team analysis and Odds for the favourites

South Africa’s probable playing XI for the T20 World Cup 2024 final against India:

Quinton de Kock (wk)
Reeza Hendricks
Aiden Markram (c)
Heinrich Klaasen
David Miller
Tristan Stubbs
Marco Jansen
Keshav Maharaj
Kagiso Rabada
Anrich Nortje
Tabraiz Shamsi

Key players to watch out for the South Africa:

Quinton de Kock (wk):

Aggressive Opening Batting: Quinton de Kock is known for his explosive batting at the top of the order. His ability to score quickly and dominate the opposition bowlers in the powerplay overs provides South Africa with strong starts and sets a positive tone for the innings.
Wicketkeeping Skills: As a wicketkeeper, de Kock’s quick reflexes and sharp glovework are crucial for South Africa. His ability to take key catches, effect quick stumpings, and provide vocal guidance behind the stumps adds significant value to the team’s fielding efforts.

Kagiso Rabada:

Pace and Strike Bowling: Rabada is South Africa’s premier fast bowler, known for his raw pace and ability to take wickets with the new ball. His aggressive bowling style and skill in generating bounce and movement off the pitch make him a constant threat to opposition batters.
Death Overs Specialist: Rabada’s ability to bowl accurately in the death overs is crucial for containing the opposition’s run-scoring. His yorkers, slower balls, and ability to handle high-pressure situations make him a key player in the final overs of an innings.

Heinrich Klaasen:

Middle-order Stability and Power: Heinrich Klaasen is a vital player in South Africa’s middle order. His ability to stabilize the innings and accelerate the run rate when needed makes him a key asset. Klaasen’s power-hitting capability allows him to play aggressive shots and score quick runs, particularly in the middle and death overs.
Versatility with the Bat: Klaasen’s versatility to adapt to different match situations, whether building an innings or finishing strong, adds depth to South Africa’s batting lineup. His experience and ability to perform under pressure make him an important player in limited-overs cricket.

India’s probable playing XI for the T20 World Cup 2024 final against South Africa:

Rohit Sharma (c)
Virat Kohli
Rishabh Pant (wk)
Suryakumar Yadav
Shivam Dubey
Hardik Pandya
Ravindra Jadeja
Axar Patel
Kuldeep Yadav
Arshdeep Singh
Jasprit Bumrah

Key players to watch out for India:

1. Rohit Sharma:

Captaincy and Batting: Rohit Sharma is known for his exemplary batting skills, particularly in limited-overs cricket. As the captain of the team, his leadership is crucial in guiding India both on and off the field. Rohit’s ability to score big runs consistently and lead from the front makes him a key player.
Opening Batting: Rohit’s role as an opening batters provides India with strong starts in innings. His ability to dominate the bowling attack from the outset sets a positive tone for the team’s batting performance.

2. Virat Kohli:

Batting Excellence: Virat Kohli is renowned as one of the best batters in modern cricket across all formats. His consistency in scoring runs, ability to pace innings, and handle pressure situations make him indispensable to India’s batting lineup.
Fielding and Leadership: Kohli’s athleticism and sharp fielding skills contribute to India’s fielding standards. As a former captain, his experience and strategic acumen provide valuable support to Rohit Sharma in leading the team.

3. Jasprit Bumrah:

Death Overs Specialist: Jasprit Bumrah is India’s premier fast bowler known for his ab ility to bowl yorkers and slower balls effectively in the death overs. His accuracy, variations, and ability to handle pressure situations make him a key wicket-taker for India.
New Ball Impact: Bumrah’s skill in swinging the new ball and generating pace makes him a threat in all phases of the game. His ability to provide early breakthroughs puts opposition batters on the back foot and sets the tone for India’s bowling attack.

Also READ: Team India’s record in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history

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