“Give Me A South Africa Kit…”: Imran Tahir’s War Cry On Team’s World Cup Exit
Thursday was another heartbreak for South Africa as Australia dashed their hopes of lifting the ODI World Cup 2023 title. a low-key thriller in Kolkata. Chasing a below-par score of 213, Australia failed to keep losing wickets regularly but Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc held their nerve and got their side across the line with 16 balls to spare.
South Africa was one of the strong contenders to win the tournament. However, their elimination has now invited some criticism as former South African spinner Imran Tahir lashes out at skipper Temba Bavuma for his poor captaincy.
“It’s all about mindset. If you’re going out on the field, are you going as a warrior? You’re still following a bowler who’s bowling 90mph (Coetzee), but you haven’t kept a slip on him. for four off slips when they need 25 runs to win. As a captain, and even as senior players, you should know things like that,” Tahir said on Star Sports after the match.
“This is a big game, not an ordinary two-sided game. Young people don’t understand what else this group could do. Sure, a South African team will eventually reach a final. Young people will come. We believed in this team, and they will not be the first heroes to reach the final If you keep wasting such a chance… today, the ground was in full swing 54 million South Africans were behind you Personally, I am very disappointed. kit from South Africa for me right now, I’m ready to fight even at this age,” he said.
Talking about the game, Travis Head starred with bat and ball as Australia set up their World Cup final with India after a tight three-wicket win over South Africa.
In pursuit of a tricky 213 for victory, Australia wobbled after Head hit 62 but Steve Smith (30) and Josh Inglis (28) helped the five-time champions reach their target with 16 balls to spare.
As Australia reached their eighth World Cup final, South Africa were left to suffer a fifth semi-final defeat despite David Miller’s 101.
Australia slipped to 137-5 and then 193-7 before Mitchell Starc (16) and skipper Pat Cummins (14) held their nerve to steer the team home.
(With AFP Inputs)
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