Perhaps it’s a bit harsh to say that the South African cricket team, the Proteas, choked at the semi-finals of the 2009 World Twenty20 cricket tournament. But then again it was the only match in which South Africa faced considerable pressure. They were unbeaten in the tournament up to that point and for them, it was the first instance they simply had to win or they would be knocked out. Sadly, Shahid Afridi of Pakistan beat them senseless both as a batsman and as a bowler. Notoriously inconsistent as he may be, he delivered for Pakistan when it counted the most.
While Wonkie is very sad for South Africa, it has to be said that Pakistan probably a needed a win – any win – more than most countries at the moment. Pakistan is quite literally being battered on all fronts at the moment – politically, economically, and otherwise. Younis Khan said after the match: “Actually this World Cup is everything for us… We’re suffering from everything at the moment, there is a lot of fighting [in Pakistan] so I think this is everything for me and my team.”
After all is said and done, Pakistan outplayed South Africa yesterday with the bat, with the ball and in the field – good luck to them in the Twenty20 final.
On the more hopeful front, South Africa’s soccer team, Bafana Bafana finally delivered the goods against New Zealand on Wednesday – and with style. Finally the hunger to win and teamwork was visible in Bafana Bafana – beside the 2 goals by Parker, the passing and skill displayed particularly by Masilela and Siphiwe Tshabalala was world class. Wonkie sincerely hopes the momentum for them continues on for many games to come. GO BAFANA!
UPDATE: Judging by South Africa’s performance against England in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, where they once again choked and wound up losing, the Proteas prove once again how much they value consistency.
Clearly the South African Proteas could use some coaching to prevent them from choking as they seem to do every time it really counts in World Cup matches. If you would like to learn more about coaching, be sure to check out our wacky, no bull definition of life coaching! If coaching is not your thing, you may want to entertain yourself by placing a bet on cricket world cup. Alternatively, if you’re bored with even that, be sure to check out our updated recommended links for some inspiration. Failing that… Wonkie gives up!