ICC World Cup 2019: South Africa Won’t Go into the Showpiece Event as Favourites Feels Gary Kirsten But Warns Other Teams
Former South Africa opener and also a former coach of India and South Africa, Gary Kirsten feels that South Africa won’t start the World Cup 2019 as one of the favourites for the tournament. However, he is of the opinion that it will actually help the Proteas as they are known to be chokers in big events and haven’t to make a World Cup final ever.
They have lost a majority of the semi-final matches but given it is a different format this time around, South Africa could hope for something special. “I believe it will certainly help the team with less expectation on their performances,” Gary Kirsten was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror during an exclusive interview.
South Africa will definitely miss the services of some of their senior players but they will like to believe that they have enough disposal in their ranks to cause an upset in crucial junctures of the tournament. The retirement of AB de Villiers shook the whole cricketing world last year. His presence will be missed dearly by all South Africans.
Meanwhile, Gary Kirsten believes that South Africa despite their recent struggles in limited overs cricket feels that South Africa always produces quality players and will always be competitive. “South Africa will always produce talented players and will always be competitive,” Kirsten said.
Meanwhile experienced speedster Dale Steyn is also in the twilight of his career and is nowhere close to where he used to be at his peak. However, he is still a force to reckon with and could play an important role for the Proteas in the quadrennial event. Gary Kirsten said that Dale Steyn is a proven match winner and has the ability to produce match winning spells at time of his career.
Dale Steyn has proved to be one of the best fast bowlers of his generation. Like any superstar, he has the ability to produce match-winning performances at any time in his career. One just has to look at MS Dhoni to see an example of this.
Andile Phehlukwayo, the all-rounder will also be one of the most important players for the Proteas as he has done a terrific all-round job in recent times. He is a fantastic striker of the ball lower down the order and has the ability to deceive any batters with his variations.
“He has shown his ability to make big performances in pressure situations. Finally, who are your finalists? Haven’t a clue, but England are looking good,” Gary Kirsten added.
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