The resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been rather undistinguished from a South African perspective.
In fact, two predominant themes have emerged.
Ahead of the ICC World T20, which commences later this month, members of the Proteas squad that will do duty have been steady without being spectacular – a development that’s probably more positive than negative.
And, at the other end of the spectrum, there can’t be any grumbling over the exclusion of experienced veterans in men like Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Chris Morris as only the wily Du Plessis has been in any form of note.
Sport24 takes a look at how the South Africans have fared at the tournament ahead of Monday’s clash between Chennai and Delhi, which is expected feature three locals.
KAGISO RABADA (Delhi Capitals)
The Proteas’ bowling spearhead has been relatively solid.
Predominantly employed as a strike bowler in the middle overs, Rabada started with a bang, claiming 3/37 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but has only taken two wickets in the next three outings.
His economy rate has been steady.
ANRICH NORTJE (Delhi Capitals)
The tall pace-man has flourished as the Capitals’ new-ball specialist.
He’s generated fearsome pace and, tellingly, has channelled it so accurately that he’s averaging an economy rate of under fiver per over.
Nortje was particularly outstanding against the Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals, claiming 2/12 and 2/18, while he was also at the forefront in restricting the potent Mumbai Indians batting line-up with 1/19 last week.
Given his trajectory, the 27-year-old will go into the World T20 as the Proteas’ most in-form IPL exponent.
QUINTON DE KOCK (Mumbai Indians)
The explosive left-hander, much like Rabada, has been decent though not irresistible.
There was a classy 55 off 42 that helped ensure victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders, but his two other scores over 20 have been defined their pedestrian nature, which has had very much to do with the nature of the surfaces.
De Kock will hope for a few more productive hit-outs before the showpiece event.
AIDEN MARKRAM (Punjab Kings)
Announced as a replacement before the resumption, Markram has steadily reinforced his reputation as a burgeoning T20 player.
It’s tough playing in an underperforming Kings team, but he’s definitely given it a fair shot.
The unsullied highlight has been a 29-ball 42 against Mumbai that featured some fine strokes and went a long way towards hauling his team to a competitive total.
Otherwise, there have been cameos of 26*, 27 and a 20 batting in the middle order.
His off-spin has been employed on two occasions though his only bowled three overs.
DAVID MILLER (Rajastan Royals)
The way things are going, the grizzled left-hander might as well just join up with the national squad.
He’s been left frustrated by a lack of opportunities, though scores of 0 and 7 hardly made a compelling case for him to warrant a starting spot anyway.
TABRAIZ SHAMSI (Rajasthan Royals)
Similarly, South Africa’s premier bowler in the shortest form of the game has seen his opportunities dry up.
His only outing, a 33-run loss against the Capitals, delivered figures of 0/34 in his four overs.
That was back on September 25.
AB DE VILLIERS (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
His lack of any sort of game-time before the IPL re-started has been writ large.
It’s been a shocking few weeks by the man’s standards, his highest score in his last five innings being 23.
There was the rare sight of him even making a golden duck, when Andre Russell castled him with a yorker in the match against KKR.
CHRIS MORRIS (Rajastan Royals)
South Africa’s most expensive player in IPL history has failed to justify his price tag, another victim of a lack of time in the middle.
The lanky bowling all-rounder has lacked control, bleeding runs far too easily, including a 0/50 from four overs mauling at the hands of RCB.
His batting has also failed to fire.
FAF DU PLESSIS (Chennai Super Kings)
Explosive earlier this year, the former Proteas skipper has been more measured since, but there’s still been more than enough evidence that he’s still got what it takes.
A pair of 40s and a 31 means his productive opening partnership with Rururaj Gaikwad has remained intact.
There will definitely continue to be doubts over the decision not to push harder for his selection for the World T20.
LUNGI NGIDI (Chennai Super Kings)
Frustratingly hasn’t sent down a ball in anger since the Proteas’ tour to Ireland.
IMRAN TAHIR (Chennai Super Kings)
No space for him since the resumption.
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Publish date : 2021-10-04 11:38:44