The South African cricket team is popularly known as Chokers in the ICC tournament. In cricket, chokers are called the team who perform well throughout the tournament but lose the title race for some reason in the knockout stage. This has happened many times in the ICC tournament, especially in South Africa. Although the South African team has never been a weak team in any sense, despite this, its misfortune has always been with it in the ICC tournament.
The same sentence happened to the South Africa cricket team in the 2015 World Cup when they suffered a close defeat to hosts New Zealand in a semi-final match. After this defeat, the South African team was completely shattered and it had a deep impact on the players of the team.
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Five years later, after this disappointing defeat, former captain Faf Duplesey said that he was completely broken. The team player was devastated after this defeat.
Recalling the match, Duplecy said, “I have never been so desperate in cricket.” You know that you keep losing and winning in this game. Often you are disappointed when you lose, but that World Cup semi-final match was very special for me and I was a bit disappointed after the defeat. Half of the team’s eyes were spilled but you know the South African team how strong they show themselves from outside but that defeat really shook the entire team.
He said, “All the players in the dressing room were completely disappointed. Apart from this, we had to stay there (Auckland) for two days as there was no flight back to South Africa. In such a situation, whenever we met our fellow players, no one could talk with another eye. After that I went to play in the IPL but I did not feel like I was playing cricket, I was broken inside.
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Let us tell you that in this match, Duplesey played a strong half-century for South Africa with 82 runs in 107 balls and he was the top scorer of his team. Apart from Duplecy, AB de Villiers scored 65 not out off 45 balls.
The match played in Auckland between the two teams was affected by rain and thus the match was played for 43 overs. Batting first in this match, the South African team stood at 281 for a loss of 5 wickets.
South Africa’s team’s weight was heavy in this match but all-rounder Grant Elliott came in to bat in the lower order and gave the team victory by playing a brilliant knock of 84 runs in 74 balls and thus the dream of reaching South Africa finals. .
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