Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
2 Apr 2014
11:00 am

Proteas brace for spin threat

Heinz Schenk

As the Proteas finally got the confirmation on Monday that their World T20 semifinal opponents will be India, there's also the sense that one could give them an ominous "welcome to the real World T20" greeting.

Batsman JP Duminy. File Picture: AFP.

Naturally, there’s an increased intensity that accompanies any last four clash, but for South Africa there’s the added pressure of, with the exception of their first group game against Sri Lanka, a prominent spin threat.

Russell Domingo’s troops had been largely shielded from having to contend with various spinners in the group phase, simply because those opponents aren’t renowned for using many of them.

Yet when the two sides meet in Dhaka on Friday, the prolific trio of Amit Mishra, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja await the Proteas.

“We know it’s going to be a big challenge for us,” admitted middle-order stalwart JP Duminy yesterday.

“The Indian spinners have been quite exceptional to date in the tournament and have taken a lot of wickets. I think it’s going to be important for us to remember that we do have the armoury to deal with them, because we know what to expect and have played against them recently.”

Duminy’s standing as a reliable international batsman has been strengthened on this trip by a few fine showings and he is willing to lead from the front in countering the tweakers.

“In this age of T20 cricket, you really need to keep on your toes and be innovative,” he said.

“It’s been effective for us over the past couple of games. I’m not saying that it will necessarily work against India, but it’s really important to formulate good strategies against the spinners.”

In turn, South Africa will also invest much hope in Imran Tahir taking advantage.