South African cricket legend Allan Donald said today the South Africans are pumped up ahead of their 2015 opener. He was nicknamed as “White Lightning” for his fast speed bowling, which is now helping South Africa’s pace bowlers as the team’s bowling coach.
Donald, who took 330 Test and 272 one-day wickets in his illustrious career, said he remembers getting on the bus at Christchurch and AB de Villiers, the South African skipper just told ‘now is the time to lock in’. He also added ahead of the Proteas’ all-African Pool B fight with Zimbabwe, that everyone is elevated, particularly arriving at the venue for this training session today,” he added.
He said they know it is right on the doorstep now and they are very keen to get on with it. Donald was a crucial figure in one of South Africa’s worst World Cup moments sixteen years back.
In that match proteas needed a single to win the semi-final with Australia, Lance Klusener hit Damien Fleming to mid-off and depart only to see Allan Donald initially turning his back and later running but infirmity to make the crease.
That is the main reason South Africa earned the tag of “chokers” failing at important point in international events, a shame which captain AB de Villiers said they wanted to remove this tag at this World Cup and Allan Donald trusts the title contenders would not dearth for preparation against Zimbabwe.
He was quoted saying: “We did some homework, had good meetings over the last couple of days, especially this morning strategizing around that,” Donald said, ill-famed for his run out against Australia in the 1999 World Cup semi-final. “That was a good little exercise in Zimbabwe; we know we are going to face a lot of spin, they base their cricket around that. They have some dangerous players like (Sean) Williams and (Hamilton) Masakadza to name a few.
That’s really what we expect from Zimbabwe, tough and gritty, they find a way. They are a team that never sort of goes away.”
Allan Donald prioritized bowlers required to take early wickets in the Seddon Park. He concluded saying this ground in particular is very small.