Unsettled Proteas must take defeat 'on the chin'

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Published: Friday, October 5, 2012, 10:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg, Oct 5: South Africa coach Gary Kirsten feels the team needs to take the latest failure 'on the chin' as they choked to qualify for the semifinals of yet another World T20 in Sri Lanka.

SA must take defeat 'on the chin': Gary

Being rated at the top, South Africa seems to be 'unsettled' in the shortest version of the game according to Gary Kirsten, as they have failed to make it to the last four on 3 occasions, as the only WT20 semifinal South Africa played was against Pakistan in the second edition of World T20 in England.

The coach accepted the team's failure as he did not offer excuses for South Africa's yet another failure in big tournaments, but termed the Test series against England as highly pressurized series which was played ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

Gary further said that the team needs to work a lot and remove 'the collective mist' which in turns makes things difficult for Proteas every time they play a World Cup.

Since 1996, South Africa have been failing continously which has earned them the chokers tag, having been in their prime form from the start of the tournament, Proteas choke while playing crucial ties.

South Africans need to blame themselves for their elimination from World T20, as they could have registered a semifinal berth provided they won the match against Pakistan in the Super Eights, which was dominated by Proteas until the 14th over of Pakistan's innings, as they needed 134 to win, with just 3 wickets in hand.

Having bowled so well till the 14th over, AB de Villiers' decision to introduce pacers cost them dearly as they lost the match as well as their semi-final berth.

After South Africa's ouster from World T20, skipper AB de Villiers also admitted that the team lacked "killer instinct".

Gary Kirsten who played a vital role in India's World Cup triumph, would look forward for a change in fortune for South African cricket, as they have been failing in big tournaments.


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