Captain: Faf du Plessis
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Players retained: Maheesh Theekshana, Romario Shepherd, Gerald Coetzee
Players signed thus far: Harry Brook (R2.1M), Janneman Malan (R2.7M), Reeza Hendricks (R4.5M), Kyle Verreynne (R175K), Alzarri Joseph (R2.1M), Leus du Plooy (R1.5M), Lewis Gregory (R850K), Lizaad Williams (R325K), Nandre Burger (R175K), Donavon Ferreira (R5.5M), Malusi Siboto (R175K), Caleb Seleka (R175K), George Garton (R425K)
Home Ground: Wanderers, Johannesburg
Franchise Owner: Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, owners of Chennai Super Kings.
The Joburg Super Kings have a team that can light up the SA20 league with fireworks. The team from Johannesburg has a tonne of T20 expertise. Lewis Gregory and team captain Faf du Plessis have combined for almost 150 T20 games played. Due to his quick-fire 119 off just 56 balls against the West Indies in 2015, Du Plessis holds the record for the highest T20I score at the Wanderers.
Mahesh Theekshana, a player for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, is another Joburg Super Kings player to keep an eye on. He will bring IPL expertise to the SA20.
The Wanderers’ playing surface is ideal for exciting cricket, and the Joburg Super Kings have centered their lineup around quick bowlers. All-arounder Lewis Gregory gives this dynamic team a balanced appearance. Gregory has a track record of success as a leader having led the England Under-19 team. Imagine Gregory being introduced to bowl the final over in the inaugural SA20 final as a sold-out Wanderers chants his name. Gregory hits his mark with the ideal yorker, and the appropriate medium-fast bowler cleanly dismisses him. Could Gregory emerge as the Joburg Super Kings’ savior?
Or consider the Wanderers with a full house. During a thrilling final against Lance Klusener’s Durban Super Giants, Janneman Malan enters the crease with his team needing 36 runs to win. The crowd goes wild when Malan hits six sixes in the penultimate over. Parties are going on everywhere. The SA20’s main focus is on this.
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