The squad for the men’s T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled in Australia during October-November was announced by Cricket South Africa. Temba Bavuma will be leading the team while notable players like Wayne Parnell and Tristan Stubbs will also be there in the team. The squad features a strong bowling lineup with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi on the list. While in the spin department, Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj have made it to the team.
This 15-member cricket squad along with 3 traveling reserves will also be present for the 3-match T20 International series in India, ahead of the T20 World Cup. But the maestro of the middle order, Rassie van der Dussen will be missed in the tournament due to an accident where he broke his index finger during their second Test match against England. The South African cricket board shared that he will need to undergo surgery and then recovery which can take about 6 weeks.
The official CSA statement says, “Rassie van der Dussen has been ruled out of the tournament due to a fracture of his left index finger that he sustained during the second Test against England in Manchester. He will require surgery and is expected to take up to at least six weeks to recover”.
However, the main point of discussion has been the addition of Tristan Stubbs, who played a fantastic game against England recently. Stubbs has earned his maiden call-up for a world cup tournament and everyone is looking forward to a smashing debut of this young talent.
This young South African batter got his first opportunity to play his first T20 International game for South Africa in their match against India in Delhi last month, But he did not get any chance to bat in that match. In his third T20 International game, Stubbs finally got the chance to exhibit his batting skills during the first T20 against England in Bristol. And he did that in style by thrashing a whopping 72 runs from just 28 balls!
“The youngsters don’t come in with any preconceived ideas of how it’s supposed to be. They just play their natural game. We’ve all seen Tristan Stubbs, for example, come out and play his natural game. And that’s exactly what we need,” Lungi Ngidi quoted as saying by Betway Insider.
The entire innings he played was strewn with 2 fours and 8 sixes. The 21-year-old right-handed batter reached his first T20I fifty in his very first innings in just 19 balls. And even if he could not help the South African cricket team chase up to the target score of 235 runs, the youngster successfully created quite an impression with his brilliant and impactful performance.
Tristan Stubbs managed to grab attention from cricketing biggies and legends. So much so that after his outstanding display of talent and skills in his maiden innings for the Proteas team at the top level, former South African ace pacer, Dale Steyn, took to his Twitter handle to post a tweet that said, “Stubbs, Brevis Next 10 plus years the world will be entertained.”
Going by his stunning performance, it is no wonder that a lot of hope has been pinned on Tristan Stubbs for the South African team.