SA succumbs to its own doing as it's 'a run too far'

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 5:07 [IST]
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Bangalore: Sensation, sensation, sensation...is what World 2003 is all about. I know I keep repeating these words but this World Cup thus far has left me with no choice.

However, today's sensation seemed pretty cruel and that's putting it mildly; especially for a team which is repeatedly being done in by fate,

Having said that, I am afraid, the South Africans have nobody else to blame but themselves. They have played 'unbelievable' cricket and have failed to take things in to their own hand when the opportunity was there in all the three big matches.

There is no 'mincing words' here and I suppose it would be appropriate to say that the South Africans have hopelessly under performed.

Well, I had tipped South Africa to win at the start of the tournament and now that goes out the window. If I had any doubts of South Africa winning it was its ability to choke at the crunch but that it would choke so early in the tournament was simply unimaginable. But as the saying goes 'cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties' and so it will remain.

But when you look at the broader picture, I suppose the Kiwis by far were the superior side in pool 'B' and it just didn't seem right that they had to book an early flight home.

So for them it definitely was a sensational entry; in every sense of the word.

Might be if we had West Indies instead of Kenya it would have been much better but you can't have everything your way, can you?

Quite fittingly, the last slot of the Super Six stage will be decided on the last day of the league phase and it is looking more like England, Zimbabwe or Pakistan; in that order.

I think going by form, the World Cup would prefer England but going by things thus far, you never know.

Coming back to South Africa, what can you say! Like Pollock put it, you can talk of the 'ifs and buts' all day long but nothing is going to change.

Fate apart, they have played poor cricket and are paying a price for it.

Now that my pick is out so early in the tournament, I am left with no other choice but to go for the team of my heart.

Australia is looking good, so is New Zealand and Sri Lanka can never be counted out.

However, this time I will go with my heart and stick with India. That doesn't mean I won't be analytical of them but I am backing them to bring home the cup like the millions out here.


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