Proteas top WB standings

Henry

It is still very early in the World Cup cricket tournament, but the Proteas are currently the top team in the group stage standings.

The South Africans have four points after their impressive wins against Sri Lanka and Australia, while their net run rate is also currently the best among all the participating teams.

In addition, Quinton de Kock is the leading run-scorer thanks to his two consecutive hundreds. He has already scored 209 runs, followed by Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (199) and Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis (198).

But the South African wicketkeeper has been part of the Proteas’ customary World Cup disappointments before – in 2015 and 2019 – and he warned that the team cannot afford to put the cart before the horse.

“We are proud of our performance, but we have only played two games and anything can still happen. It is important to concentrate on one game at a time,” he said.

Still, the Proteas are flying under the radar this year and maybe – just maybe – they can surprise friend and foe with a play-off victory.

In De Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller, they boast of batsmen who have the ability to score more than 300 runs in a game.

At the same time, the spin bowling of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will play an important role on the Indian pitches, while Kagiso Rabada is also showing signs of his old fiery self again.

However, as De Kock rightly said: There must still be a lot of water in the sea; A World Cup is not won after the first two matches.

Group Stage Standings:

  1. South Africa: 4 points after two games with a net run rate of 2,360
  2. New Zealand: 4 points after two games with a net run rate of 1.958
  3. India: 4 points after two matches with a net run rate of 1,500
  4. Pakistan: 4 points after two matches with a net run rate of 0.927
  5. England: 2 points after two matches with a net run rate of 0.553
  6. Bangladesh: 2 points after two matches with a net run rate of -0.653
  7. Sri Lanka: no points after two matches with a net run rate of -1.161
  8. Netherlands: no points after two games with a net run rate of -1,800
  9. Australia: no runs after two matches with a net run rate of ‑1.846
  10. Afghanistan: no points after two matches with a net run rate of -1.907.