ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kepler Wessels Gives His View On How Can South Africa Finish Their “Chokers” Tag
Former South African captain Kepler Wessels believes that South Africa needs to win one major ICC trophy to finish their “chokers” tag.
Apart from winning the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy, South African national cricket team has never achieved any other success in major ICC tournaments.
In Cricket World Cup history, South Africa’s best record is semi-finalists, and that has happened for four times (1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015). Meanwhile, South Africa’s best record in ICC World T20 is also semi-finalists which have happened twice (2009 and 2014).
The former Australian and South African international cricketer, Kepler Wessels believes that South Africa needs to win one major ICC trophy to finish their “chokers” tag ultimately. He also added that South had the best side in 1999 Cricket World Cup, but they failed to win that.
Kepler Wessels, who led the South African side in 1992 Cricket World Cup, commented, “People will keep calling them chokers until they win an ICC event and rightly so. They were the best team in 1999, still they could not win it.”
This time, South Africa are not the favourites, and that could be a good thing
South Africa is not among the favourite sides for the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Wessels feels that it could be a good thing for them due to having lesser expectations.
Wessels added, “This time, they are not the favourites and that could be a good thing. Not many are expecting them to win so they can slip under the radar and make the semifinals and hopefully things fall in place from there on.”
The former South African captain AB de Villiers retired from the international cricket in May 2018. Wessels believes that South Africa will miss AB de Villiers in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
He said, “AB is a massive factor in any team. Now South Africa will have to rely on Hashim Amla and others to do the job.”
Kepler Wessels chose his favourite sides for the upcoming Cricket World Cup
England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup that will run from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup.
Wessels feels that India, England and Australia are the favourites in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. However, he also believes that the host side England will be under pressure, who are currently in dangerous form.
Wessels said, “India are a great one-day team and they will be tough to beat alongside England and Australia. England will be a threat but they will be under pressure as hosts.”
Kepler Wessels wants to see Virat Kohli at no.4 batting position
India’s no.4 batting option for the upcoming Cricket World Cup is still debatable. Earlier in this year, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri claimed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli could come to bat at no.4 according to the situations. Wessels is supporting this formula.
He claimed, “There could be a situation when India are two down for 10 runs and there Virat can provide that solidity and rebuild the innings. It will not be an easy decision as he has done really well at number three but I would like to see him at four.”
Wessels believes that the forthcoming Cricket World Cup will be a high-scoring game. However, he also feels that the bowlers will play crucial roles in this tournament.
He said, “June-July will be hot. In the day games, I see teams scoring 300-320 on a regular basis. Conditions and surface will vary from venue to venue but at some point, I do see bowlers having a big say.”
On the opening day of the new Cricket World Cup (30th May), England and South Africa will meet at The Oval (London).
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