Chokers tag doesn’t distract the team: Lungi
South Africa pace bowling sensation Lungi Ngidi said that he has plenty of confidence in his team and that they are not facing pressure heading into the mega Cricket World Cup 2019 this year. The ICC event is not too far away from the blaze and South Africa are ensuring to go into the tourney with all the bases covered.
For decades, Proteas have quite often been tagged as ‘chokers’ for their inability to weave the magic especially in the big tournaments. They have come too close but haven’t managed to pull off the ropes from the jaws of the defeat. However, Ngidi insisted that ‘Choker’s tag’ doesn’t affect the current generation of cricketers.
Chokers tag is created by people: Ngidi
“As a team, you don’t see it as choking,” he argued, talking to the reporters on the sidelines of the CWC 2019 Trophy Tour. “People are allowed to play good cricket on the day. It’s all international teams so you can’t tell me you’re not going to lose a semifinal game.
“It is tough [to win a semifinal], and it hasn’t been able to be done in the past, but it could happen this year,” he said. “That chokers tag is created by people, but I wouldn’t say it affects the team.”
According to Ngidi, the players are always ready to take on the opposition as they are keen to win games step by step. “We’ve got nothing to lose,” he cited. “It (winning the World Cup) has never been done before by the cricket team, so we’re going there with a clean slate.”
He went on to add that a good performance, however, could change the entire complexion of the game in the country, he added in a statement.