Stubbs deserves a chance in the Protea eleven

Henry

Tristan Stubbs has always been a talented cricketer. Who will forget his innings of 72 runs from just 28 deliveries for the Proteas against England in Bristol?

But he repeatedly struggled with his consistency on the international stage: One brilliant boundary hit was unfortunately followed by a wicket-losing session.

However, in the latest version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he has his mojo found.

Stubbs smashed 318 runs in 11 innings for the Delhi Capitals at an average of 53 and a strike rate of 188.16.

He has already chased the ball over the boundary rope 22 times and among the South Africans only Faf du Plessis (352 runs) and Heinrich Klaasen (339 runs) have scored more runs than him in the treasured target-and-moker tournament.

There are of course a few highlights that stand out.

Among other things, the 23-year-old batsman hit 26 runs from one over, he boasts of 71 unbeaten runs from just 25 deliveries against the Mumbai Indians and he excelled again with the willow bat against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday night.

Stubbs hit six boundaries in his blistering innings of 41 runs from 20 balls and he and Jason Fraser-McGurk saw to it that the Capitals were able to score 221/8.

His level of play should certainly attract the attention of the Protea selectors and with the T20 World Cup around the corner, he can provide additional hitting power to the South Africans’ batting line-up.

An eleven of Quinton de Kock/Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi is probably good enough to take matters far in the tournament .

Or how?

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Delhi Capitals 221/8 in 20 overs: Abishek Porel 65, Jason Fraser-McGurk 50 and Ravichandran Ashwin 3/24.

Rajasthan Royals 201/8 in 20 overs: Sanju Samson 86, Riyan Parag 27 and Kuldeep Yadav 2/27.