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Vaibhav Singhal, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 23rd of March 2015, the cricbuzz.com predicted that the first semi final would be 50-50 as both sides are on top of their game. All the experts are impressed the way AB De Villiers has guided his troop. He also led from the front as he is the top scorer in the tournament so far.
On 24th of March 2015, the Hindu published: At a news conference after his team’s Cricket World Cup loss to New Zealand, as the emotions of the defeated captain were almost painfully raw, AB de Villiers’ most revealing answer was of only one word. He was asked whether this was the worst he had felt on a cricket field, he answered, simply, frankly, “Yes”. De Villiers voice cracked as he fielded questions, and he paused at times to wipe his eyes. At other moments, his answers trailed off and he looked almost vacantly into the middle distance. Many of the South African supporters considering them unlucky as match was cut short by 7 over’s as there was a rain for more than an hour. If it would have been 50 over match, then their team would have reached above 360 very easily. Besides rain, the another reason for SA debacle was that there were many missed chances by South African team which includes collision of Farhaad Berhadien and JP Duminy in attempt to caught Elliot out and 2 run out chances.
I believe South African team have played brilliantly and the critics should not call them chokers any more. They have preformed as better as any other side in the World Cup. They have for very first time not eliminated in knock match after 6 World Cup. This is indeed not a big feat for team like SA but they must be satisfied to have it which can be morale booster for future tournaments. They played like champions and take a bow AB De Villiers , the way South African played the tournament. Indeed they were not able to win the tournament but won many hearts.