South Africa are undoubtedly one of the favorites for the World Cup but their good luck always seems to run out at the crucial stages of the tournament.
The Rainbow Nation has never reached the finals of Cricket’s mega-event and has a knack of suffering heartbreaks in either knockouts or do or die matches. Going into the World Cup as one of the favorites once again, legendary South African bowler Shaun Pollock has given his verdict on Africa’s chances to win the highly-prestigious event.
The former skipper of the Proteas believes that South Africa can set the record straight this time by winning the World Cup in England and Wales.
Pollock shared, “There is no reason why South Africa cannot win it even though there are some strong teams around. We have thought we have had the formula before, but it has not worked out, but there is no reason why this team cannot come up with the right strategy and perform at the right time and bring home the silverware.”
The 45-year-old former all-rounder also explained that the team’s performance in the 1999 World Cup was the best performance they put in. The Rainbow Nation faced the Aussies in the historic semi-final of the highly-prestigious event. The game ended in a tie, but the Kangaroos qualified for the final, having beaten the South African side in the Super Six Stage.
“Going to the World Cup with South Africa was always special. We always had that team had the potential to all the way. It was not like we were ever just making up the numbers. 1999 was probably the best performance we put in. Unfortunately, the tie in the semi-final meant we were knocked out.”
A few weeks back the current skipper of the South African side Faf du Plessis said that they have lowered their expectations for the upcoming edition of the World Cup which might work in their favor.
The Rainbow Nation will open their World Cup campaign against the hosts England at The Oval on May 30.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar