T20 Cricket World Cup: Same old Proteas or renewed hope? - The Mail & Guardian

T20 Cricket World Cup: Same old Proteas or renewed hope? - Proteas steer course twixt hope and dread

2021-10-23 10:00:00 AM

T20 Cricket World Cup: Same old Proteas or renewed hope? - Proteas steer course twixt hope and dread

Only a successful Cricket World Cup performance will see the Proteas finally banish their ‘chokers’ label.

, South Africa’s St Stithians College-educated champion fast-bowler, said a couple of days ago that the Proteas “had no baggage”, from 2019 or anywhere else. This is blather. You can understand Rabada’s reluctance to get bogged down in the swamp of disappointments past, but it might have been wiser to face the shadows.

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The Proteas have a reputation for being “chokers” at such tournaments. It’s an unfair phrase, but it is there, so best acknowledge it. To do otherwise suggests that there are not only elephants in the room, but hippos, rhinos and hyenas too.This aside, there are things to know about the next few weeks. The tournament format divides 12 teams into two groups, with each team playing those in their group once, with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals, by which time it becomes a knockout. Other than Australia, whom South Africa play on Saturday afternoon, the Proteas play the West Indies, two qualifiers from a tournament taking place as we write, and England.

If we assume that the Proteas beat whomever is spewed out of the qualifier, they also need to beat two of the three other major nations to progress. Their most realistic chance is to beat the West Indies, and the reasons here are worth exploring, although the Aussies are struggling with form at the moment. headtopics.com

First, they’ve beaten the Windies in a T20 series recently, doing so 3-2 four months ago in the Caribbean. Second, the Windies are an ageing side, who have indulged in a bout of pre-tournament bickering which hasn’t played well.The series in June revealed something else, however: that when the Proteas batted, they scored in a range between 160 and 168 runs. Scoring in the 160 to 168 range was good enough to win the series in the Caribbean but against the really good sides it probably isn’t.

The good sides comprise of at least four or five: England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. If the Proteas do finish first or second in their group, they will need to beat at least two of India, Pakistan and New Zealand to win the final in the knockouts, a tough ask.

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The very first match is a clear indication that sport and politics don't go hand to hand. I started with R3000 and in 5days I was credited with R25,500 excluding my R3000 that's over 8x my startup capital. Imagine how much you will make with a higher startup capital. Thank you PackSheriff With all due respect to the current team, they are not the best that South Africa has to offer, many of our best players have been sidelined or are no longer available. So No, not the same old Proteas or renewed hope, just us participating at an international tournament.