Didn’t deserve to be in semis: du Plessis


Generation after generation of exceptional South African cricketers have tried to break that notion but they keep finding newer ways to self destruct on the big stage. Another chance to redeem themselves came in the final Group B Champions Trophy clash against India. But, like many times in the past, they simply committed hara-kiri through poor decision making.

First, Hashim Amla and Quiton de Kock played extremely slow, showing way too much caution when a few calculative risks could have transferred some pressure on to the Indians. They then lost the wickets of A B de Villiers and David Miller through run-outs, the former a poor call and the latter through a comedy of errors. Eventually they played into the hands of the Indians who left them battered and bruised.

Faf du Plessis said the label of chokers doesn’t haunt them and termed the loss against India to poor performance. 

“We’ve confronted it and we’ve spoken about it. Obviously there’s a lot of (South African) teams that have gone through the same thing. We know as a team that the only way you’re going to get people to stop talking about it is if you actually win an event. And we didn’t do that this tournament. Right through the tournament, we didn’t play our best cricket, so we don’t deserve to be in the semifinal. Obviously today is a really bad day for us. We probably played our worst game of the tournament, but I felt right through that we weren’t the team that we should be. With all the players that we have and the cricket we’ve been playing, this tournament we haven’t had a game where everything has clicked together, so we don’t deserve to be in the semifinal.”

Write your Comments on this Article

Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Konkanworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article. Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on Konkanworld.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using Konkanworld.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Konkanworld.com be held responsible. Similarly, Konkanworld.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.

  • Konkan World
  • Stay Connected
  • Facebook Google+ Twitter YouTube

KONKAN WORLD offers accurate, up-to-date, a large collection of videos from KONKAN WORLD VIDEOS and indulge in fun you will not find else where!.
© Copyright 2014 Konkanworld media Inc