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The 24-year-old South African cricketer Andile Phehlukwayo strongly believes that South Africa will soon end their long wait to win a World Cup.
Since their readmission in international cricket in 1991, South African cricket has hugely grown up. They not only evolved as a competitive side, but they also sometimes dominated the cricket world with their strong on-field performances.
However, the Proteas side has won only one ICC trophy (1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy) which doesn’t justify their status. In the ICC Cricket World Cup history, their best record is finishing as a semi-finalist which they achieved in 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015. South Africa’s best record in the ICC T20 World Cup (men’s) history is also as a semi-finalist which they managed in 2009 and 2014.
South Africa failed to impress in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they finished in the seventh position. Andile Phehlukwayo, who was also a member of the Proteas side in that tournament, believes that South Africa’s first World Cup victory is not very far away. The youngster has shown his strong faith in the present team.
Phehlukwayo said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I really believe it will happen. Maybe it didn’t look like it at the 2019 World Cup, where we really didn’t look after situations that on normal occasions we would take care of, but if you look at the current generation, it’s a lot of new players who are really hungry to perform.”
We are fully committed: Andile Phehlukwayo
Phehlukwayo further pointed out their success against the strong team, like Australia (won the home ODI series by 3-0), in the ongoing rebuilding phase of the Proteas team.
He added, “Even in our current rebuilding phase, we have managed to beat strong teams who already have their formula set. It’s all about the mindset. Our brand is work in progress but we all know where we want to be. We are fully committed.”
After making his international debut in September 2016, Andile Phehlukwayo has played four Tests, 58 ODIs and 27 T20Is. While the right-arm pacer 11 Test wickets, 69 ODI wickets and 35 T20I wickets, the left-handed batsman has scored 674 runs.
The Proteas Phehlukwayo believes that he is a genuine all-rounder who can help his team to guide to the victory both with the bat and ball.