Former India cricketer turned coach Wasim Jaffer has shared that South African pacers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada can pose a threat to India in the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 clash in Perth on Sunday, October 30. However, he also stated that the Men in Blue also have quality fast bowlers who can trouble the South African batters.
However, the India vs South Africa match is being named as a contest between Team India’s star batters and the Proteas’ fast bowlers. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav have been in sublime form whereas Nortje and Rabada have looked threatening so far as well.
While previewing the much-hyped Group 2 contest, Jaffer said that like Nortje and Rabada, Indian speedsters could also use the Perth surface to their advantage. He told ESPNcricinfo:
“Left-handers have troubled India a lot. Rilee Rossouw has scored runs, and so has Quinton de Kock. David Miller has been troubling India for a while. They’ll pose a threat, but the good thing is that our fast bowlers will be in the game on the Perth wicket. It’s not like only South Africa have Nortje and Rabada. India also have four good fast bowlers, and they will also pose a threat to the South African batters.”
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However, while talking about Indian batters will have to be careful against South Africa’s fast bowlers, Jaffer backed them to rise to the challenge as well. He stated:
“The Perth factor will always be there. The batters will know that they will have to score more runs square and behind the wickets. Nortje and Rabada are world-class bowlers. They will pose a threat. No doubt about that. But I feel Indian batters will have the answer to that.”
“India are favourites” – Wasim Jaffer
While Team India have won both their Super 12 matches so far, South Africa couldn’t win against Zimbabwe due to rain. But, they hammer a hapless Bangladesh by 104 runs as well. Speaking on the favourites to win the match, Wasim Jaffer said:
“India are favorites, but I won’t call them clear-cut favorites. Conditions will suit South Africa. They have players who can cause an upset. They are dark horses, you can’t count them out. During the last World Cup, they couldn’t qualify despite winning 4 out of 5 matches because of net run rate.”