Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Sep 18 2023, 11:00 PM | 4 Min Read

3 Reasons Why South Africa Will Win The World Cup 2023?

image-lmoyp5uxThe South African unit will be the 'Dark Horse' in World Cup 2023 (Source: Twitter)

The ODI World Cup 2023 is just a couple of weeks away. The competition's inaugural will be marked by the match between England and New Zealand on the 5th of October. While all the teams have prepared and assorted themselves the best they can, a few teams might have an edge. One such team coming into the competition will be South Africa. 

South Africa has always been one of the prime contenders for the trophy. But sometimes they have been unlucky, while in other instances, their nerves fail in important situations. But for the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa has a great chance to remove the 'chokers' tag that has stuck with them for long. 

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Here ar three reasons why South Africa might end up winning their first ever World Cup title in 2023: 

1.The Team is Performing Better Under Pressure

The South African team recently displayed great pressure-handling abilities against Australia. In the home series, they were trailing by 2-0 after the first two matches, but from there, they made a comeback and won the next three to win the series. 

This shows that the Temba Bavuma-led unit knows how to return from adversaries. The biggest concern in South Africa's cricketing history is how they respond when put under the pump. While in the past, they have failed to deliver in the big matches, their recent performance gives a glimpse of hope that it might be a different tale this time around. 

Some clutch players like Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller are helping the team's cause. These players have bailed out their respective teams from crunch situations in the T20 leagues across the world. They know how to keep their composure in tough chases. This is one of the main reasons South Africa shows a lot more character going into the World Cup 2023. Also, the presence of such players who have been well-baked in pressure will help the unit when they are defending targets. The recent show of mental strength is one of the prime reasons the Proteas might turn the tables around this time.

2. The same unit playing for an extensive period of time

The South African team have been together for nearly three years now. Since Temba Bavuma has taken over the reins, there have been a few radical changes to the unit. The team members have a great idea about each other's game and thus know how to adjust accordingly.

Also, Bavuma has been in charge of the unit all this time is a blessing. He understands his players and knows which player will deliver in which situation. The current South African outfit is also a perfect amalgamation of youth and experience, and this will help the captain in the crunch moments.

The gel within the team is another reason why we might unexpectedly end up seeing the World Cup trophy in Temba Bavuma's hands.

3. Presence of a plethora of players who play spin well

As the World Cup will be played in India, one of the primary steps to success will be how well you play spin. While in some venues, the pacers will be dominant, it will be a tournament where spinners will decide the fate of most matches. 

When you are born and bred in South Africa, playing pace is not something you are too concerned about. However, the overseas teams often struggle to handle the spinners, and this is where South Africa might have an advantage over most of their competitors.

Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, and David Miller will be the players who will expectedly face the most number of overs from the spinners in the tournament. These three players are good players of spin and adept at maintaining the scoring rate against them. Besides, the two openers, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma are also good at scoring against the slower bowlers. A batting unit that is pretty well equipped to play spin will be the most significant positive for South Africa in the World Cup 2023.