London, June 19: South Africa captain AB de Villiers has revealed how he was crying on the day when South Africa were robbed off a final spot in the 1992 World Cup due to a crazy rain rule.
In that controversial semi-final, South Africa were denied of a victory against England due to rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 22, 1992. From needing 22 off 13 balls, the rain reduced the contest to a farce with the then rules making it an impossible 22 off just 1 ball.
On the eve of South Africa's semi-final against the same opponents, England, this time in Champions Trophy, De Villiers was asked whether he remembers that match played 21 years ago.
"It's not something we're thinking about, but I watched that game. It's a long time ago, and it was quite sad actually. I think I was crying that night, similar to what happened in the '99 World Cup (tied game against Australia)," De Villiers said.
"It's a new game, we're a fresh team. Like I said, it's something that doesn't bother us what happened in the past. We know what we're about as a team and as a unit, and we are all really excited about tomorrow. Like I said, we've got a great opportunity to do our country proud, and we'll just take it one step at a time, make sure we do the basics well early on and then hopefully a big upset in the result, he added.
No such situation will arise on Wednesday as rain-affected games will be decided by Duckworth/Lewis table. This time if the match ends in a tie, there is Super Over to spot the winner.
South Africa will hope rain stays away as a washout means England will go to the final as they finished as the number one team in the group.