The South African cricket team is often labeled as ‘chokers’ as they crumble under pressure every time they get close to a title win. The Proteas have never won a single International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament which is a testament of the side’s pressure handling ability.
However, if we look at the statistics, England also has a history of choking under pressure in world tournaments. In 2013, the English side lost the final of ICC Champions Trophy against India when they only needed to score 20 runs off final 16 balls with 6 wickets in hand, eventually losing by 5 runs.
Furthermore, the Englishmen were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup after losing to Bangladesh, choking to the pressure of quarter-finals qualification, by losing 4 wickets for just 22 runs.
England had a brilliant chance of winnings its second world title in 2016 when they were in a comfortable position against the West Indies in the final. However, Ben Stokes failed to defend 19 off the last over as Carlos Braithwaite did the impossible by smashing 4 sixes off 4 balls.
England were once again favourites to win the 2017 Champions Trophy, but they lost comprehensively to Pakistan in the semi-final of the tournament. Similarly, the side has lost 3 games in this year’s World Cup as well which is why their knockout qualification is hanging by the thread at the moment.
Therefore, team England must look into these stats before they lose out on another opportunity in a world event.