Back in September I posted a piece here on TheBounce detailing the Proteas’ failure in the ICC Champions Trophy which was played in our back yard. Like all other major ICC tournaments before, we choked in this one and today in the aftermath of last nights early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup, I once again would like to highlight the fundamental problem of the Proteas team. We can’t chase for shit!
Chasing with intent - not the Proteas strong suit.
In times of loss and great disappointment people always want to blame individual players, it is an easy thing to do and often makes one feel slightly better. But let’s face it, if the Proteas won last night you wouldn’t really be saying, “wow we klapped Pakistan but I just don’t know about our team selection”. We have the players, we have the depth but what goes through our heads when we chase targets must be the problem. Time after time we fall behind the rate early on and then leave it all to do for the lower order. I am no expert on this but surely your chances of winning a chase are drastically better if you start well!
Start well and you will be able to finish confidently.
In my post last September I mentioned that perhaps we need to properly lose a game or two by going flat out to realise what limited overs cricket is all about. It’s not like we will lose every game, we have great players so winning more often than not will be the outcome.
I leave you with one thought – quite simply the 438 game. That mindset on that day needs to be found again or we will never win a major trophy. Let’s reignite the spirit of 438 in our batting, but just without Gibbs. The hero of that day is past it now.
The way to chase - on dvd for all to see.
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