South Africa Arrive in India for World Cup 2023, This year, the World Cup to be hosted by India will start from October 5, preparations for which are in full swing. The spectators also seem to be quite desperate to take a dip in this fascinating tournament. The process of arrival of teams participating in this world has started. The South African cricket team arrived in India on Monday, September 25, ahead of their upcoming warm-up fixtures of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Proteas side landed at Trivandrum International Airport.
The Temba Bavuma-led side will open their campaign with a clash against Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on October 7. South Africa are the first team to reach Trivandrum for the warm-up matches ahead of the showpiece event. Temba Bavuma and company are scheduled to take on Afghanistan in their first warm-up match at the Greenfield International Stadium on September 29. South Africa will then take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match at the same venue on October 2.
South Africa’s Quick Anrich Nortje ruled out of World Cup 2023:
South Africa will be without their star pacer Anrich Nortje at the World Cup 2023. The speedster has been ruled out of the tournament due to a lower back stress fracture. It is worth mentioning that Nortje also missed the 2019 World Cup due to a thumb injury. South Africa Arrive in India for World Cup 2023 Another fast bowler Sisanda Magala will also miss the mega event due to a knee injury. Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams have been named as replacements for Nortje and Magala in South Africa’s World Cup 2023 squad.
South Africa Squad for World Cup 2023: Temba Bavuma(c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock(wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Lizzad Williams, Keshav Maharaja, David Miller, Lung Ngidi, Andile Phekhulwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tarbaiz Shamsi.
The squad comprises stalwart batters such as Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Rassie van der Dussen. Star wicketkeeper-batter de Kock has also made significant news by announcing his retirement from ODI cricket after the conclusion of the World Cup. They all have a proven track record of delivering under pressure on the international stage.
One exciting aspect of the South African unit is the depth of their pace attack. Apart from the usual suspects – Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, and all-rounder Marco Jansen –they have also got Gerald Coetzee. These pacemakers have the ability to generate raw pace and bounce, which can be a potent weapon on Indian pitches.
Their spin attack comprises their usual left-arm specialists, finger-spinner Keshav Maharaj and wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, while Markram can fill in with his off breaks. These spinners have been in excellent form in recent years and will be vital in providing crucial breakthroughs during the tournament. Since the tournament is taking place in India, spinners are expected to play a vital role due to the suitable subcontinental conditions.
In conclusion, South Africa enters the ICC World Cup 2023 with high aspirations under the captaincy of Temba Bavuma. South Africa performed underwhelmingly in the 2019 edition of the ODI World Cup. With just three wins from nine games, they failed to qualify for the semi-finals. The Proteas will be hopeful of making amends this time around and clinching their maiden World Cup trophy. Many former cricketers predict South Africa as one of the four contenders for the semi-finalists of the 2023 World Cup. The stage is set, and the anticipation is palpable as South Africa prepares to embark on this historic journey.