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Proteas T20 World Cup Player Ratings

We rate the South African players after they failed to reach the semifinals on the basis of an inferior net run rate in comparison to both England and Australia.

Having started the competition with a loss against Australia, who would eventually qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of South Africa, the Proteas then strung together four wins in a row with convincing victories against the West Indies and Bangladesh and nail-biting ones over England and Sri Lanka.

Below are our player ratings for the Proteas from those five games.

Quinton de Kock – 2/10

69 Runs Average 17.25, HS 34, SR 107.81

Quinton de Kock’s struggles in the UAE continued after his poor form in the second phase of the IPL. He never really got going as he only managed a high score of 34 against England in the final game. His strike rate of 107.81 was also very low for a player of his quality. It will be a tournament where he will be remembered for events off the field more than his performances on it.

Reeza Hendricks – 2/10

56 Runs Average 14.00, HS 39, SR 101.81

His only noticeable contribution was the 39 of 30 balls, getting South Africa off to a strong start in their chase of 144 against the West Indies when Temba Bavuma had been dismissed early.

Rassie van der Dussen – 8/10

177 Runs Average 59.00, HS 94*, SR 116.44

Rassie van der Dussen was back to his best in the UAE. His 94* off 60 balls against England was a match-winning innings that helped the Proteas end their T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note. He was South Africa’s top run-scorer in the tournament with 177 runs and proved once again how important he is for the side.

When you look at his numbers it would be hard to find any negatives from his performances but his 22 off 27 balls in the slow chase of 85 against Bangladesh wasn’t his best performance considering the circumstances.

Aiden Markram – 8/10

162 Runs Average 54.00, HS 52*, SR 145.94

I predicted that Markram would have a good World Cup and he did not disappoint. He was an important player for the Proteas’ middle order although I would have preferred him in the top three where he’d be able to get South Africa off to good starts.

Aiden hit the most sixes for the Proteas (9 sixes) and also scored two fifties which both came from less than 26 balls. He also contributed with a better than run-a-ball 40 against Australia where scoring was very tough. He was economical with the ball when called upon, bowling seven overs in the competition at less than 7rpo. Markram also finished as South Africa’s second-leading run-scorer in the tournament with 162 runs.

Temba Bavuma – 5/10

91 Runs Average 30.33, HS 46, SR 108.33

His leadership in the tournament is what stood out as he got praise for his handling of the de Kock situation. Bavuma’s captaincy was also impressive as he got most decisions right. He is also someone who I feel was batted out of position, coming in at four or five which is way too low for someone who’s not known for his ability to clear the ropes.

Bavuma’s batting was always under the spotlight due to the rate at which he scores his runs, and considering the Proteas were knocked out on net run-rate it was highlighted even more.

David Miller – 7/10

44 Runs Average 44, HS 23*, SR 133.33

His numbers are not spectacular as he was only required to bat on three occasions, but one of which was a match-winning performance against Sri Lanka where he scored 23* off 13 balls. With 14 required off 5 deliveries at the end, Miller hit consecutive sixes and win SA the game. He took 4 catches in the tournament which is the most by a South African player in the tournament.

Heinrich Klaasen – 2/10

13 Runs Average 13, HS 13, SR 100

It was difficult to give a rating for Klaasen as he only featured in the first two games of the group stage, scoring 13 off 13 balls in his only innings of the competition which was against Australia in their opening fixture.

Dwayne Pretorius – 7/10

9 Wickets Average 11.22, Econ 6.88, BB 3/17

Pretorius only batted twice in the tournament and was unimpressive on both occasions but he definitely delivered with the ball. He found himself to be the unlikely death bowling hero for the Proteas in the tournament. His economy of 6.88 in the is very impressive for someone who was bowling at the death. He finished as the team’s joint-highest wicket-taker with Anrich Nortje (9 wickets).

Keshav Maharaj – 6/10

3 Wickets Average 42.33, Econ 6.68, BB 2/24

The numbers don’t do Maharaj justice as he had a good World Cup, especially after being tasked to bowl the majority of his overs within the first Powerplay.

Kagiso Rabada – 7/10

8 Wickets Average 19.37, Econ 8.15, BB 3/20

Rabada’s outing against England is a good way of summing up his tournament. His first three overs went for 45 before a hat-trick in the final over of the match won the game for Bavuma’s side. His 3/20 against Bangladesh was a good showing as South Africa bowled them out for 84, but 0-32 from three overs against Sri Lanka was not. He was decent against Australia and the West Indies.

Anrich Nortje – 9/10

9 Wickets Average 11.55, Econ 5.37, BB 3/8

Nortje’s numbers speak for themselves. He was definitely our best bowler in the tournament. An economy of below a run-a-ball is a remarkable return. The speedster was South Africa’s joint-leading wicket taker and also our most economical bowler in the tournament.

Tabraiz Shamsi – 8/10

8 Wickets Average 15.12, Econ 6.36, BB 3/17

Tabraiz Shamsi has had a fantastic year and continued with his fine form in the tournament. He took crucial wickets for his team and was economical as always. His performance against England where he took 2-24 off his four overs was one of the key reasons we won that match

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