The top ranked ODI team in the world, South Africa were once again, just like before every ICC tournament, amongst the ‘favourites’. Once again, the tag seemed justified as this felt like South Africa’s best chance of reclaiming the CT, after they had won the inaugural edition way back in 1998. The Proteas had made it to the semi-final in the last edition but were defeated by England. This was supposed to be AB de Villiers’ time to spread his magic in a global event and prove his worth as the no.1 ranked ODI batsman.
‘jiska dar tha wohi huwa’ The tag ‘chokers’ goes back a long way when we talk about the South African team. They have the consistent tendency to crumble under pressure. Even when it’s not a pressure game they make one out of it every damn time. They started off the tournament with a win against Sri Lanka. Next up was Pakistan. The world no.8 team should’ve been an easy kill, but who would’ve thought that the star studded South African team would only manage 219 runs and go on to lose by 19 runs on DLS.
The covers came on after 27 overs of Pakistan's chase
Their last group game against India was a do or die battle for both teams, a virtual quarter-final. The South African batsmen choked once again, never seeming ready for the competition and were bundled out for 191.
The star studded South African batting line-up failed to deliver - you can’t win much without your batsmen scoring enough runs so that the bowlers have something substantial to defend. South Africa batted first in all three games of the tournament, but their middle order repeatedly failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by their openers, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. AB de Villiers poor form in ICC tournaments is another major cause of concern for the South African team.
AB de Villiers gets dismissed for 1st golden duck of his ODI career
One can’t blame the bowlers much in this case. They weren’t as deadly as they should’ve have been but then they hardly had any score on the board to defend apart from the first match. It was just another ICC tournament to forget for the Proteas.