Poor form, low confidence to blame for S Africa's World Cup failure

Ross Houston
June 25, 2019

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis spoke previously of how his team were entering the Cricket World Cup "under the radar" as an outsider for the title, but leave the tournament with barely a blip after an abject display in England. Embarrassing, a resigned-looking du Plessis said, after a 49-run loss to opponents who had come in with plenty of their own issues.

"It's important that the coach, myself, the senior players, are the guys that need to front up to this challenge. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward".

While the lack of preparedness was evident in their performance through the tournament, it has come to the fore that Cricket South Africa (CSA) wanted the players to plan better, but the cricketers were keen to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Du Plessis didn't think Lord's was the worst performance South Africa have put in, but by now, given the run of results that preceded it, felt it must rank among the most frustrating.

"It started with our bowling".

All-rounder Chris Morris had also made it clear during the IPL that he wasn't too anxious about workload management with the World Cup round the corner.

Chasing 309, the Proteas batters once again failed to come up with a good performance as none of the batsmen, barring du Plessis - who scored 63 off 79 balls - could muster the courage to stay long at the wicket. Sarfaraz Ahmed's side lost that game by 89 runs via DLS rule and the 51-year-old Arthur said he wanted to commit suicide. But I've always said that my most enjoyment that I get from the game playing for South Africa is captaining the side.

"Imran bowled well in our innings so I thought that I will also get some help and grip and it turned out to be like that", said Shadab.

The under-fire Pakistan skipper insisted that the mantra of the team was "we lose as a team and we win as a team". "That's the one area I would have changed but it's not in my hands". The green shirts made a comeback after their last defeat to India in a nerve-wracking match and this win has garnered praises and love from all quarters.

"He really batted well, and it's probably a different Haris Sohail to the one I've seen before", Waqar mentioned.

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