2024 is a T20 World Cup year and one team which would be keen to challenge their fate is South Africa. The Proteas have never won a World Cup but after the redemption in the ODI World Cup, they would be hopeful of ending their drought in the upcoming T20 World Cup. But for them to scale this mountain Rassie van der Dussen would be a decisive factor. His performances will play a crucial role and, in this article, we will take a look at why he is so important for South Africa through his top 3 performances in T20Is.
1. 94* vs England, 2021
Rassie van der Dussen’s best batting figures in T20I cricket came in the T20 World Cup only. He played an unbeaten 94-run knock against England in the 2021 T20 World Cup at Sharjah to guide his team to a victory. Batting first South Africa almost reached the 200-run mark and it was van der Dussen whose contribution made that possible for the Proteas. He smashed 94 runs off just 60 deliveries and built a destructive partnership with Aiden Markram that put his team in a comfortable position.
2. 75* vs India, 2022
Rassie van der Dussen has found considerable success playing against India and this performance is a testimony to that. He displayed his hard-hitting skills in the first match of the T20I series between the two teams in 2022. Batting first India posted a humongous total of 211 runs on the board for South Africa to chase. After a shaky start to the run chase Rassie van der Dussen took over and carried his team to a hard-fought victory.
3. 74* vs England, 2020
Another outstanding batting performance for the 35-year-old against England. The English team toured South Africa in 2020 where they played a T20I series. The third match of the series at Cape Town was marked by the batting brilliance of Rassie van der Dussen. He scored 74 runs off just 32 deliveries, at a mind-boggling average of 231.25, and stayed unbeaten to propel his team to 191 runs at the end of the first innings.
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