It doesn’t get any easier for the Proteas as they meet India on Wednesday, looking to bounce back from their two defeats at the Cricket World Cup. South Africa lost their first match to the host, England, with 104 runs. It was a memorable victory for Bangladesh at The Oval on Sunday as they beat south Africa with 21 runs.
For the first time since 1992, South Africa lost two World Cup games in a row. Ottis Gibson’s men face an uphill battle to qualify for the semi-finals, but one player is confident that South Africa will turn the corner after a poor start to the Cricket World Cup. Andile Phehlukwayo says all is not lost ahead of a clash with India tomorrow, “There have been some bad days in my career. I’ve learnt, and the team has learnt, that it is not the end of the world. We can always bounce back, we are a team that bounces back from situations and we will definitely do it again,” he stated.
In both matches that the Proteas lost, they have shown that they simply don’t have enough power to chase the scores they need to win. Their bowling appears flat in most cases and it is clear that they need a dominant player in the middle order. The absence of batting great, AB de Villers and injured pacer, Dale Steyn seems to have left a void which cannot be filled. South Africa’s next match is against India and history does not favour them as the Proteas have an awful record against India in ICC events. The last time they beat India in an ICC event was in the 2011 World Cup. They now go into this crucial contest without the services of Ngidi (hamstring) while Dale Steyn is also a doubt with a shoulder injury. India vs South Africa since 2011 Cricket World Cup
World T20 2012: India won by one run
ICC Champions Trophy 2013: India won by 26 runs
World T20 2014: India won by six wickets
Cricket World Cup 2015: India won by 130 runs
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India won by eight wickets