Will south african players have the edge in ipl2?

@pratik87 (1927)
India
March 31, 2009 9:24am CST
Its a known fact now that the second season of the ipl has shifted base to the african continent. There are many talented south african players in the different teams with added home advantage over the rest of the players. Do you think they will perform better knowing the conditions and having played a lot of cricket on their home soil?
5 responses
• Pakistan
31 Mar 09
you can say that SA players have additional advantage of home atmosphere but they have one more advantage that SA players have more exposure in this format of game. In SA they have held many pro-20 seasons. Thats why they are more experienced in this format than any other nation. I think it is better advantage to an experience player rather than home crowd's favourite.
@pratik87 (1927)
• India
31 Mar 09
Well in that case the english players should be the ones with the advantage as they have been playing it for a long time. But the so called 20-20 england specialists failed in the inaugral world cup.
• Pakistan
31 Mar 09
They are the inventor of the game, but in any format they have never been threatening. Same is the case in 20-20. They have produced some great cricketers but as team have not gotten big glories(i am not talking about women team).
@pratik87 (1927)
• India
1 Apr 09
I agree with you. Even after cricket being their national game they are a mixed bag at it. Sometimes the get going sometimes they dont. And their women counterparts are doing much better maybe they can learn something from them. Regarding whether they invented the game im not too sure.
@vipinl (802)
• India
1 Apr 09
not particularly the South Africans but all the players who like bouncing tracks will have an advantage, specially the bowlers like Ishant Sharma who were not that successful in first season.Bats man like sehwag will also be in anadvantage, but its tough for players like Ganguly who like it better on the slow paced indian tracks.
@pratik87 (1927)
• India
1 Apr 09
well ganguly can hit the ball very well and if the ball comes on to his bat he can dispatch them easily. and that is what happens on bouncy tracks and i do not think bowlers will bounce the ball every now and again we usually see that in australia but the disadvantage of bwling too many bouncers in t20 cricket is if you get an edge it goes for a boundary. but the last world cup was in south africa and spinners like vettori who is dd as well and harbhajan played a crucial role. and dont forget the two recently concluded t2o matches between australia and south africa. the spinners won it for s.africa.
@poona_m (336)
• India
1 Apr 09
Indians are the world champs. The first IPL was played in India. Yet there was no indian in the top of the batting or bowling list. The top batsman was Shaun Marsh from Australia and Bowler was Sohail Tanveer from pakistan. Which clearly shows that the home advantage was not a strong on. Twenty 20 is a fast paced game with more uncertainity than the longer versions. I believe it purely depends on which batsman is in form at the time. The home advantage doesn't really apply much to this game. Yes the teams with south african players may have a slight advantage of knowing the conditions better and it would help thye junior players in the team that have never played in South Africa. But there are senior players in every team. These senior players have toured South Africa more than once and hence know the conditions there. SO I dont think the advantage is going to matter much.
@pratik87 (1927)
• India
1 Apr 09
Thanks for your reply. Though not at the top at the list sreesanth an irfan pathan were in the top 4 of the bowling list making it two guys with home advantage at the top. In the batting only rohit sharma was among the top batsmen. So lets see how it works out for the south african players now. Happy mylotting.
@amitavroy (4821)
• India
1 Apr 09
Well why not every player when he is playing in his home will feel a bit of advantage over the other players but the gain I don't know how much it wanted it will be in 2020 man very you hardly get some time to think over. Plus if you think last year almost all the players in the team were playing in their home town so they must be feeling all confident and must have played to their level best but that is not the case. We could have seen a lot better cricket from them. So I guess this is not a big factor in such matches where a lot of players are from different places. The most important thing if you consider is that a few players were playing the local cricket in India got a big chance to play in the foreign soil which will be a great experience for them. This is something which will help the players grew much confident and also get a lot of knowledge. And all in all it will be a great bonus for the Indian cricket team in the future to come because we can rely on a very good set of players who are all very ready to replace the existing 11. And I believe that if we have a good competition where the replacements are as good as the one playing in the 11 you will always see all the players itching to perform their level best to which brings out the best from the team
@dio123 (1788)
• India
1 Apr 09
yes surely the local players are having good knowledge about the pitch and also they are well acquainted with the climate but we should not underestimate other players also as this is a 20-20 tournament and any one can make a difference just by few good strokes from his bat or a good day in the field