It’s with great apprehension that South African cricket supporters have to endure another Cricket World Cup.
At the 2011 tournament they went into the competition as favourites, only to meekly surrender against New Zealand in the knockout stages.
With all the experience and talent at their disposal it’s a huge surprise that South Africa haven’t won a single World Cup.
Tag of nearly men is deserved
Star batsmen like AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock now have the chance to finally rid themselves of the choker tag in Australia, but will they take it?
In the bowling department they have Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, who may cause all sorts of problems on the greener pitches in Australia. Great Players like Jacques Kallis and Graham Smith have retired never lifting the World Cup, the same fate could yet fall on this talented, but under-achieving crop of players.
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World Cup hoodoo goes back two decades
South African heartache at the World Cup started all the way back in 1992, when they participated in the competition for the first time following the fall of the apartheid regime. They lost in the semi-finals in a rain affected match against England.
In 1996 during the knock out stages South Africa lost to the West Indies. On that day Brain Lara scored a century and South Africa left out their best bowler Allan Donald.
At Edgbaston in 1999 South Africa drew with Australia, but their opponents qualified for the final dew to finishing higher in the Super Six table. The run-out that caused the draw still haunts every South African to this day. Only needing one run off three balls Allan Donald was run out.
As co-hosts with Kenya and Zimbabwe, South Africa was eliminated in the group stages of the World cup tournament in 2003.
Four years later in the West Indies saw South Africa beaten in the semi-finals, yet again by eventual champions Australia. Only able to set Australia 149 after choosing to bat was a poor effort by South Africa.
The All Blacks carried the tag of 'chokers' at Rugby World Cups until they finally won the competition in 2011. Here's hoping that the South African cricket team can finally lose the mantle they have carried for so long by winning the cricket world cup in Australia.