When England won the Ashes and followed it with a whitewash against India, the British media went over board and claimed that this team is well poised to dominated the world cricket over the next decade. However as expected the things started to fall apart when they started playing in the sub-continent tracks. They were white washed [...]
Johannesburg, June 12 (PTI): Test captain Graeme Smith has been chosen for the “Mampara of the Week” title from a leading newspaper here, joining top politicians and businessmen who get the dubious but widely acclaimed title each week. “Mampara“, an indigenous colloquial word, roughly translates as “idiot“. “Our mampara cricket captain just doesn’t get it [...]
Johannesburg, June 13 (PTI): South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has summoned the country’s Cricket Board officials to discuss the latest row over huge bonuses paid to CEO Gerald Majola and two other top CSA officials. Chief financial officer Naasei Appiah and Brand and Corporate Communications Manager Kass Naidoo are also under the scanner along [...]
Johannesburg, June 13 (PTI): Former India coach Gary Kirsten is in the hunt for a top-class support staff for the South African team and is keen to rope in mental conditioning expert Paddy Upton and legendary fielder Jonty Rhodes. Kirsten, who was appointed as the new Proteas coach last week, said he would look to [...]
Johannesburg, June 12 (PTI): South Africa’s vice-captain Hashim Amla on Sunday backed AB de Villers’ appointment as skipper of the ODI and Twenty20 side, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman is the right man to shoulder the “huge responsibility“. “De Villiers was a better candidate because I don’t believe I would have been the right guy for it, [...]
Johannesburg, June 12 (PTI): Newly-appointed Proteas coach Gary Kirsten might rope in renowned adventurer Mike Horn, whose pep talk lifted India to win the World Cup, to assist him in coaching the South African team. Johannesburg-born Horn was part of Kirsten’s team that led India to victory in the recent World Cup. Horn, also a [...]
Johannesburg, June 8 (PTI) All-rounder Jacques Kallis dominated the South African Cricket Awards, winning three of them, including the prestigious Cricketer of the Year. Kallis also won Test Cricketer of the Year award and the KFC “So Good Award!” for his centuries in both innings of the Test match against India at Sahara Park Newlands [...]
Johannesburg, June 7 (IANS): South Africa’s new ODI and Twenty20 captain AB de Villiers has said he would like to change the Proteas history of crumbling at big events. De Villiers, the current ICC ODI player of the year, has succeeded Graeme Smith, who will stay on as Test skipper. “There is a lot of [...]
Johannesburg, June 7 (PTI): Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock termed Gary Kirsten‘s appointment as chief coach of the national side as a “good move”. Cricket South Africa were desperately looking for Corrie van Zyl’s replacement and after persistent requests, Kirsten agreed on a two-year contract. “I am really chuffed for Gary; it really is [...]
Capetown, June 7 (ANI): Former Indian cricket team coach Gary Kirsten will coach South Africa for two years, starting from August this year. He will have Russell Domingo as assistant coach and former Test quick Allan Donald as bowling coach. Kirsten said that he had decided on taking charge only from August 1, as he [...]
Johannesburg, June 6 (IANS) South African cricket skipper Graeme Smith defended his decision of not returning home after the World Cup in India saying he had needed to break away ‘from being stupid and saying stupid things’. Smith, who led the team to a quarterfinal finish in the World Cup, instead of flying back home [...]
“South Africa continued to endorse the “Choker” title and they failed to shrug it off again in any major event or the match.”
“AB De Villiers scintillating 107* helped South Africa to win their first group match by 7 wickets. The other useful contributions came from Smith(45), Duminy(42*) and from the bowlers it was debutant Imran Tahir who scalped 4 wickets, Botha took 2 wickets and Steyn cleaned up tail by taking 3 wickets. Man of the Match – Ab De Villiers”.
From an overall perspective, ‘the art of choking’ in crucial moments is still their biggest Achilles heel in limited over cricket. Can they get rid of it this time around?
India vs South Africa: 5th ODI: at SuperSport Park, Centurion
“The World Cup squad comes out tonight and that will ease a lot of minds and stress on the players. Hopefully it frees up a lot of players, and makes them play with the sort of freedom in the next few games.” – Smith