Team South Africa at Cricket World Cup

Team South Africa squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


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Team South Africa performances in Cricket World Cups

A team that is always known as the team to beat yet bearing an infamous tag of 'chokers' at ICC event level, South Africa have not yet tasted a World Cup victory. For first four editions of World Cup, they weren't a part of ICC and hence not eligible to participate. Thus they have played in six editions so far (from 1992 to 2011 World Cup) and yet to win one.

As team South Africa was re-included in the ICC after ages, the World Cup draw of 1992 was modified to include them in the tournament. South Africa played eight matches in the round robin stage, won five and lost three. They stood third in the points tally below New Zealand and England. The fourth team to qualify was Pakistan. Here came the unfortunate stage for South Africa. They faced England in the semi finals at Sydney on 22nd March 1992. England scored 252 for 6. Due to major changes in the rules for a rain affected match, here came the controversy! While South Africa needed 22 from 13 balls, a small delay due to rain revised their target to 21 runs from ONE ball! Thus South Africa ended up scoring 232 for 6. Pakistan went on to beat England and win their first ever world cup title.

In 1996, South Africa visited Indian sub-continent to play the World Cup. The team topped the points tally of Group B. They played five matches and won all of them. After raising the expectations, the team disappointed by getting eliminated in the quarter finals. On 11th March 1996, at Karachi, West Indies batted first and scored 264. South Africa were bowled out for 245.

In 1999 World Cup (venue - England), South Africa again topped the points table of Group A. Their only loss in the group stage came against Zimbabwe at Chelmsford. They cleared the Super Six stage to reach the semis. Here came another unfortunate knock out stage for the South African team. They played Australia in the semi final at Edgbaston. Batting first Australia managed just 213 runs. Shaun Pollock claimed five wickets for 36 runs in 9.2 overs. Chasing down such a small total, Kallis looked in good touch. He scored 53 runs. End was dramatic as South Africa needed nine runs from last over. Star performer of 1999 World Cup Lance Klusener and Allan Donald were on crease. Damien Fleming was the bowler! Klusener smashed first two boundaries for boundaries and how hard he hit the ball! One run needed to reach the finals with four balls to go! Third ball was a mis-hit from Klusener and Donald escaped a run-out. Fourth ball seemed to be a repeat of third ball  but this time it turned fortunes for Australia. Another mis-hit from Klusener, no co-ordination between the batsmen; Klusener ran and Donald delayed the start to run. He was run out and the match ended in the most famous tie in Cricket World Cup history! Since Australia had a better net run-rate at the end of Super Six stage, they qualified to the finals to win the trophy whereas South Africans were eliminated AGAIN!

2003 World Cup, venue South Africa! And can you believe! South African team was eliminated right in the FIRST round! Not much to talk about here!

In 2007, South Africa stood second in Group A's points table. They stood fourth in the Super Eights stage and qualified for the semi-finals to face their 1999 opponents Australia. Yet another disappointing knock out stage for the team as they were bowled out for just 149 runs. Australia comfortably reached the target losing just three wickets. 

In 2011, South Africa yet again topped the Group B points tally. They played six matches and won five out of them. They only match they lost was against England in Chennai. Their run ended in the quarter finals against New Zealand. New Zealand scored 221 for 8. South Africa were bowled out for 172. Yet another world cup with below average performance in the knock out stage.

The team looks strong for the 2015 Cricket World Cup with the likes of Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn and many more to name. They aren't too bothered about the 'chokers' tag and pumped up with all cylinders full to perform to their optimum in the forthcoming World Cup!

By Tejas Thakkar

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