South African batting set to thrive in England

May 26th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Cape Town, May 26 (ANI): South Africa, batsmen are surely going to thrive at the ICC World Twenty20 event in England, which going to start in June, if the Indian Premier League is a reasonable yardstick for judging their form.

This will be particularly true in the batting department, where several Proteas stars boasted imperious statistics from the just-finished IPL: There were four of them among the top 11 run-scorers at the IPL.

AB de Villiers of Delhi Daredevils was third on the overall list with 465 runs, JP Duminy of Mumbai Indians sixth with 372 runs, Herschelle Gibbs of the triumphant Deccan Chargers seventh with 371 runs and Jacques Kallis (Bangalore Royal Challengers) 11th with 361 runs.

The World Twenty20, which starts on June 5, will provide a better chance to the Proteas as they will take some of the best “form” batsmen in the T20 format into the event, Sports 24 reports.

A lone concern batting-wise is for the Proteas is poor form of captain Graeme Smith, but in a perverse way his reduced workload, as a result, may serve as a “freshening” factor for him at the World Twenty20. (ANI)

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