Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mzansi Super League profiles: Tshwane Spartans

Team: Tshwane Spartans
Protea Marquee: AB de VIlliers
International Marquee: Eoin Morgan
Coach: Mark Boucher
Cool Factor: A
SquadAB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan*, Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeewan Mendis*, Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams*, Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Sikander Raza, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken.

The good people of Centurion and Pretoria will probably be the most disappointed in the entire country to have the new-look Mzansi Super League. In the good old days of the Ram Slam T20, they had as firm a vice grip on the T20 tournament as any team in the history of T20 tournaments. They had won three in a row heading into this uncertain season, an uncertainty to the tune of Cricket South Africa technically not actually having an official T20 competition four weeks ago. As one would expect in a tournament where the players were selected via a draft, they have lost a lot of the talent which led them to their hat-trick of wins. For one, they still have Mark Boucher, the legendary former Protea wicketkeeper. For two, they have definitely the showpiece of the tournament, and arguably the best player in the event, AB de Villiers. Throw in the fact that Lungi Ngidi is also arguably the best fast-bowler of the tournament and I believe we have the likely champions of this event. The Spartans have somehow managed to retain seven members of the essentially invincible Titans team, which  should help ensure good continuity.

Player to watch out for: AB de Villiers.
Player not named AB de Villiers to watch out for:  Theunis de Bruyn

Prediction: Champions.

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