So, one more time, perhaps an inevitable occurrence took place to South African cricket; one more time they have entered into the scene with upheaval expectation but lately thrown out of the competition bizarrely.
No one termed the phenomenon as a ‘choking’ this time as the Proteas did not come even closer to the contest against India in the virtually quarter final of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017.
Morning, however, did not show the day for South Africa. Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock started with a promise, quite cautiously though, reached 76 runs in the opening partnership. But that was all for South Africa – as soon as Amla passed away from the crease, flurry of wickets became available to Indian bowlers leading to restrict the Proteas at a below par score.
Skipper AB de Villiers, on his attempt to explain the bugging out of his team saying, “We do come up short for some reasons in tournaments like this, and it is pretty sad. I can’t explain to you exactly what happens.”
“I think you saw it out here today. Just a very poor batting performance. Nothing to do with the energy or intensity or belief in the team. We came here to win the game of cricket. And then we just unravelled as a side out there” – he said.
Lost of words to explain anything further, de Villiers insisted it wasn’t a ‘choke’ at all although he did not ask of that anyhow, the South African skipper said, “I would like to go to the future and ask the South African team that actually wins a trophy about how they did it.”