The Spherical 1 video games have at all times been attention-grabbing in T20I World Cups. Eight groups, divided into two completely different teams, compete for a spot within the Tremendous 12 spherical. Intense competitors results in thrilling match-ups and the outcomes are equally shocking. Namibia shall be one such workforce to be careful for when the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup will get underway in Australia on Saturday.
The Eagles play the opening sport of the showpiece occasion in opposition to Sri Lanka, earlier than turning their consideration once more to the Netherlands and the UAE. In the event that they handle to trump the Asian champions this Saturday, then the way in which forward can be quite a bit simpler. And if not, the subsequent two video games would possible be make-or-break fixtures.
In addition to Craig Williams, many of the Namibian squad stays largely the identical. The main focus shall be additionally on batters Divan la Cock and Lohan Louwrens who’ve been added to the combination. 19-year-old la Cock bagged a spot within the squad after exhibiting his class in home and 50-over motion. Alternatively, ex-U19 World Cup Louwrens captain is available in because the second wicketkeeper.
Namibia additionally boast a great variety of left-arm choices with the ball. Ruben Trumpelmann pushes by the quickest and shall be backed by Jan Frylinck – termed because the ‘avenue fighter’ by coach de Bruyn. Subsequent within the fray is Bernard Scholtz whose left-arm orthodox ought to benefit from the Geelong floor.
Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, Divan la Cock, Stephen Baard, Nicol Loftie Eaton, Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Inexperienced, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo, Karl Birkenstock, Lohan Louwrens, Helao (Pikky) Ya France.
Gamers to Be careful for:
Gerhard Erasmus: The Namibian skipper has been the poster boy for his workforce’s batting. Regardless of a damaged finger, he performed within the event final yr and his batting spoke volumes about his character. He has an array of pictures and strikes at over 130 with a median nonetheless well-over 30.
David Wiese: The previous South African is probably the most identified face in all the Namibian line-up. Final yr within the UAE, it was Wiese’s first World Cup for Namibia, and he picked up 9 wickets within the event. He stands out together with his expertise in opposition to Sri Lanka, the workforce in opposition to which he made his T20I debut again in 2013.
Their Story in T20 World Cup 2021
Namibia ended second on the Spherical 1 factors desk with 2 victories in 2 matches and their Tremendous 12 qualification was a minimum of fairy-tale. Nonetheless, they weren’t in a position to open proceed the momentum within the subsequent section. Out of 5 matches, they received just one – in opposition to Scotland – and ended 5th on the Group 2 factors desk.
v Sri Lanka (October 16), Kardinia Park, Geelong
v Netherlands (October 18), Kardinia Park, Geelong
v UAE (October 20), Kardinia Park, Geelong
Key Match: vs the Netherlands
Namibia’s victory in opposition to the Dutch was the important thing to their Tremendous 12 choice final yr. The state of affairs hasn’t modified this yr too. The edges would once more possible want a victory right here if they’re to progress to the Tremendous 12s. The Netherlands have re-grouped after what was a tumultuous marketing campaign final yr and may present a fair harder problem this time.