SA Playing 11 ODI World Cup 2023: As the anticipation builds for the ICC World Cup 2023, South Africa gears up to face Sri Lanka in their opening match on Saturday, 7th October. Historically a formidable side in ICC events, South Africa carries a burden of past ‘choking’ episodes in crucial encounters.
Their recent stumble in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, where they faltered against the Netherlands and missed the semifinals, is a stark example of this struggle. However, entering the ODI World Cup 2023, the Proteas are unburdened, with few pegging them as semifinal contenders.
This lack of expectation might just work in their favor, allowing them to play with freedom and expressiveness. A recent series victory over Australia, clinched 3-2 at home, showcased their strength and potential as a team to reckon with. While their primary playing XI is robust, concerns linger about their backup options.
The key for South Africa will be to keep their first-choice XI fit throughout the tournament and to maintain composure in tense moments. If they can achieve this, they have the potential to surprise and shatter preconceived notions, striving for a triumphant campaign in the ODI World Cup 2023.
Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, and Lizaad Williams.
Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen will be the top batsmen for South Africa.
Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi will be the top bowlers for South Africa.