ICC World Cup 2015: Large Indian crowd turnout at Melbourne makes it home game for India, says Allan Donald
Allan Donald, South Africa bowling Coach says his team’s biggest hurdle in Sunday’s International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 blockbuster against India will be to adapt to the menace atmosphere of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
More than 80,000 people, mostly India supporters, are expected to fill the iconic stadium for the key Pool B match which will almost certainly assure the winner of a place in the quarter-finals. The 48 years old Allan Donald, a former fast bowler known as ‘White Lightning’, expected his players would enjoy the event of playing in one of the world’s most famous cricket stadiums.
Donald said When these stands are empty one should have to walk out there. It is a terrifying place.
Donald who appeared in four World Cups from 1992 to 2003 without winning the title, further said that it is a home match for India. There could be almost 100,000 spectators and there is going to be a lot of Indian support, so keeping those viewers quiet is going to be a big thing.
Donald expected the current team under AB de Villiers would lift the ICC World Cup at long last.
He said it is a big match, South Africa v India, at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
He was quoted saying: “To not be able to walk away with a medal is a bit of a sour one, but I’ve got no regrets. Hopefully, this time around there is something waiting.”
He added that they are very patient about this procedure. It is just a lovely time to be around this squad. He is very privileged. He loves World Cups. They are such astonishing events.
Donald, whose famous mix-up between the wickets with Lance Klusener in the last over of the 1999 semi-final against Australia ended South Africa’s hopes of playing in the final, got 330 Test and 272 One Day International wickets during a 12 year international career span which is terminated after 2003 World Cup where South Africa were the main hosts
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