A lot of unknown talents often come to the reckoning with their performances in the Indian T20 League. South African youngster Tristian Stubbs also made headlines after he was roped in Mumbai at the mega auction. Known for his hard-hitting batting, Stubbs was instrumental in the success of the Warriors in the CSA Challenge. After making 293 runs at an average of 48.33 and a striker rate of over 180, Stubbs caught the eye of the Mumbai team in the Indian T20 League and they were quick to rope in the player.
Although he did not get many runs in the Indian T20 League, his hard-hitting exploits are a widely known fact. Understandably he was awarded a place in the South African team touring India for a five-match T20 series. Reports are now coming that the explosive batsman would be given his International debut in the first match in Delhi against India.
The speculation of the source seems to be the news of a long chat between the youngster and the Proteas coach Mark Boucher. A screenshot of the recording of their chat was posted on Twitter and since then it has created sent the fans of T20 into a frenzy.
The South African team is looking really good this time around with many of its players having already performed well in the recently concluded Indian T20 League. Players like David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, David Pretorius and Marco Yensen have performed well for their respective franchises and would be looking to translate their form into the national side.
The Indian side, despite the services of its senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumhrah doesn’t look too bad either. In fact, the youngsters like Umran Malik, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Arshdeep Singh along with the returning Hardik Pandya have generated a sense of excitement among cricket fans as well.
South Africa and India lock horns in the first of five T20s starting on June 9th in the Arun Jaitley Stadium.