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They have done it again

September 29, 2009

Once again the South Africans have done what they have done so well in all the ICC events barring 1998 ICC Mini World cup. I am seeing them doing this time and again from 1996 World cup. They will always start as favourites whichever tournaments starts. Every team will play well in those tournaments and punch above their weight. SA too will do that but at the crunch time they will fail.

Lets look back:

1996 World Cup:

I have followed this world cup like anything and all my thoughts were running on this only. SA didn’t lost a single match in their Group and topped the group B. They are almost unbeatable and they destroyed each and every opposition. I still remember their match against England in which they scored just 230 which is a easy score to get on Indian wickets. Hang on. Their bowling was too good and they dismissed England for just 144.

In Quarter Finals they have met West Indies which has just clinged on to the last spot to reach Quarters. I strongly believed that it will be a cakewalk for them. But when I returned from the school on that day, I am in for a shock. West Indies almost comfortably won against them.

1999 World Cup:

Once again they steamrolled every opposition in their group barring Zimbabwe which has given a shock to them in their last group match. They have stamped their class all over. Enter Super Six, they again dominated and won the first 2 matches and qualified for the Semis. But in the last Super Six match they have lost to Steve Waugh and not to Australia. Its a must win game for Australia and what a gem of an innings he played.

In Semis, the rematch between SA and Aus. Australia bowled out for just 213 and the South Africans with the batting order they had, would have chased it even with half of their potential. But its all gone down to the wire with Klusener left stranded with scores level at one end after crashing 2 boundaries in first 2 balls of the last over. Match tied and Aus through to Finals.

Of all the heart breaks, this will linger in their mind along with the one in 1992 Semis(That is cruel).

2002 Mini World Cup:

I didn’t seen their group matches but have seen the Semis between them and India. Indians have set a score of 260s for them. And they have been moving on nicely and dangerously to get that score. Gibbs has made a wonderful hundred and I have no hope for India. But the turning point came when Gibbs retired at the score of 117*. Now the equation has read 64 runs from 13 overs with 8 wickets in hand. A tailor made situation for the batting team to romp home.

But they flunked again. This time they have found their Nemesis in the off-spin for Harbhajan and Sehwag. After Gibbs went to have some rest, SAs struggled to play Bhajji and Sourav rightly introduced Sehwag in the proceedings. I don’t know whether Sehwag bowled brilliantly or SAs batted badly…. They lost the match by 10 runs. Sehwag’s bowling record read: 5 overs-25 runs – 3 wickets.

2003 World Cup:

This time they don’t even went past group stage, all credit to their calculation abilities. The tournament was happening in their own backyard and they have been tipped as favorites along with Aussies. But they were stunned by West Indies in their first match itself. Lara has chosen the occasion to rose.

2007 World Cup:

This time Aussies were clearly the dominant team and SAs had no chance against them in the Semis.

2007 T20 World Cup:

They were comfortably placed that even a loss against India in that crucial match for India won’t affect them from entering Semis. But Indians have won the match comfortably and with higher run margin made the exit for SAs which they wouldn’t have dreamed while taking guards on a livelier Durban pitch which suits them more than Indians.

2009 T20 World Cup:

They have won all the matches before entering the Semis only to fall against the Pakistan.

2009 Mini World cup:

They have been tipped as the favourites by all and they are the first to pack up their bags and they never have fly home now. They are there. This time Graeme Smith has been the lonely warrior just like how Klusener Stand in the 1999 World Cup.

The legacy Continues… 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦

65 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2009 1:17 am

    This post takes me back to 1999 World Cup Semis … Gibbs dropped the wc then and Donald made it sure that SA get the title they are known for across the world …. “THE CHOKERS” …..

    Proteas have always been my favorite , besides India that is …. but they have never lived up to the expectations 😦

    kanagu: True.. me too like them Harsh.. one of the talented sides.. but failing again and again 😦

  2. craftyshines permalink
    September 29, 2009 1:20 am

    CRICKET POST!!!!!!!!!!! AIYO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    first things first! I AM SECOND!!!!!!!!

    kanagu: You are 2nd 😀

    ok…. vimmuuu??? vimmuuu????

    pliss get roasted peanuts… sports post is up… we have a wall to sit on, and sports enthusiasts will be coming here anytime…

    😆 :mrgreen:

    kanagu: OMG… all my cricket posts are helping you to crunch more peanuts 😡 😆

    • September 29, 2009 1:24 am

      Im here. Im here. Couldnt get peanuts. all shops closed ! what to do ? what to do ?

      kanagu: Then you have to read the post and write a relevant coment :mrgreen: 😛 😛

      err, crafty, thats not a wall you are sitting on !! get off from OG, quick !

      kanagu: LOL 😆

      • craftyshines permalink
        September 29, 2009 1:28 am

        it’s ok Vimmuuu…. i have some left over peanuts from Hitchu’s blog…we’ll use these..

        erm… vimmuuu… this is just a lungi drying on the wall.. not everything with lungi is EOG!!! 🙄

        kanagu: ROFL… 😆
        Seems to be some problem with bro’s eyesight 😛 😛

        • September 29, 2009 1:36 am

          No, there is something under the lungi !!! Oh no..its moving…its mooooving !!!

          *crafty bends down to check what is under the lungi and is shocked*……

          kanagu: Seems to be the starting of something like CBT tag… great going 😀 😀

          • craftyshines permalink
            September 29, 2009 1:42 am

            *crafty finds herself sitting on a buffalo who has decided to get up and walk towards its home, or wherever it wants to go*

            *crafty jumps off in good time*

            kanagu: Kya…??? you sat on a buffalo.. that crime comes under Animal protection Act… be ready.. any time Menaka Gandhi will be there 😛 😛

            GOOD LORD!!! Whoever puts a lungi to dry on a buffalo??? i sincerely thot it was a wall! sigh! crafty ki vaiyasaayi!!! (crafty is growing old) 😥

            kanagu: Ah!!! thats comes under Animal embarrassment act… 😛 😛 😆
            Crafty… you seems like getting really older… time to get a nice stick and good glass 😀 😀

            but vimmuuu, EOG will not be pleased… u just mistook a buffalo to be him!!! 🙄

            kanagu: OG won’t forgive this… until he equally embarrasses you 😛 😛

            • September 29, 2009 2:39 am

              @ kanagu: Animal Embarrasment Act????

              ROFLMAO 😆 😆

              hahahahah! sooper!!!!

      • September 29, 2009 12:10 pm

        ROFL 😆 N the liver song starts 😉

        • September 29, 2009 2:14 pm

          Kanagu… these people have no compassion for us sports lovers… they just make fun of us…

          lets go…

          Yeh Duniya …
          Yeh Mehfil…

          Apne kaam ki nahi…
          Apne kaam ki nahi…

          Hitchy keeps walking… while kanagu tries to figure whats the meaning of that song… Translation please…

          • October 3, 2009 3:17 am

            yes yes Bhai.. too bad.. 🙂 🙂

            I didn’t get those lines… 😦 😦

    • craftyshines permalink
      September 29, 2009 1:46 am

      kanagu! peanuts are not for crunching!! me and vimmuuu will sit on wall and will throw peanuts at sports enthusiasts!!! 😆

      u can join too! since its ur blog! 😛

      kanagu: NAHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII….. I won’t allow this… I myself a sport enthusiast.. 😀 😀

      • September 29, 2009 2:07 am

        LOL !!! I didnt mistake OG for buffalo !! Crafty came up with that 😀 😀 😀 so, all comparisons are part of her imagination !!!! 😀 😀 😀

        Crafty, this time we will throw banana peels !! what say ?

        • craftyshines permalink
          September 29, 2009 2:15 am

          @ vimmuuu: let EOG arrive….. namakku kaaanaam!!!! (we’ll see)

          banana peels???!! sooperu!!!! who will eat so many bananas??? we shud get that buffalo back… maybe he can help! 😆

          • September 29, 2009 2:18 am

            buffalos dont eat so many bananas!!! even they need only the peels !!!! 😀 😀 😀

            • craftyshines permalink
              September 29, 2009 2:21 am

              che! then vimmuuu, lets wait till that buffalo is out of sight!!!!
              maybe we cud get an elephant?? then no wall needed! we’ll sit on elephant and throw peanuts and then we’l go back home on elephant only!


              kanagu = 🙄 who called these two loony cases here???

              • September 29, 2009 2:33 am

                I know ! only a single comment that is related to all that hard work of his !!! 😀 😀 😀

                Kanagu : Next time you write on cricket…or on hard core politics…or on books….or on ..erm…(you wanna add anything crafty ?)…..please screen the comments !! 😉

                • September 29, 2009 2:37 am

                  @ vimmuuu: ROFL! no u have covered most categories! 😆

                  @ kanagu: this series turned out to be longer than all series u wrote about in ur post!

                  😀 😀 😀


                  • September 29, 2009 2:56 am

                    Those are the only categories I believe I know something… 😀 😀

                    anyway this comment section is turning good… 😀 😀

                    hope people sees this comment section after reading my post…. else they too jump directly here 🙂

                    • September 29, 2009 12:16 pm

                      ROFL 😆 I shud hv been online then! che che nevertheless, me gonna spam nw 😉

        • September 29, 2009 2:40 am

          @Vimmuuu: You didn’t mistaken about OG as Buffalo 😛 😛

          Elephant…. OMG… I am scared now… 😛 😛

          • September 29, 2009 10:21 am


            i have forgiven all you poor souls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

            • September 29, 2009 11:01 am

              you have forgiven them for sitting on you or because they thought the buffalo was you and sat on it?!!!


              • October 3, 2009 3:19 am

                @OG, machi answer for this BRILLIANT ques…:D 😀

      • September 29, 2009 8:43 am

        Crafty please may I join you? … I will bring my own packet of murrku and bakharwadi.

        • September 29, 2009 11:01 am

          IHM, can we share?!! 😀

          I will bring in specially roasted corn and peanuts just for you! 😀

      • September 29, 2009 12:10 pm

        Me likes sports too but somehow me getting tempted by the peanuts 😛 Cn I join u Crafts n Vims 😉

    • September 29, 2009 12:23 pm

      In african tribal sing!

      Crafty, me here with head-gear, cow slippers, doggie towel on the head gear, tea leaves on top of that and peanuts and spears in my hand 😀

      • September 29, 2009 1:27 pm

        I’m totally imagining you like this Swaram!!



        • September 30, 2009 12:17 pm

          He he he very funny 😉 without any of those also, u look like one joker buhahahahahahahahaha 👿

  3. September 29, 2009 1:35 am

    So sports again, huh? Ok, let me try the technique of commenting that everyone else tries when I upload a song or publish that top ten songs post 😉

    ” the pictures arent opening, I guess its blocked in my office. Will check it from home and come back here to comment” (and most of them dont turn up 😉 )

    kanagu: LOL bro 😆 CLASSIC…. 😀 😀 😀 No words for me 🙂

    ” Ohhh, Im not updated with any of these. Thanks for sharing” ( 😉 )

    • craftyshines permalink
      September 29, 2009 2:24 am

      @ Vimmuuu: ROFL!!!! hahahaah!

      I guess its blocked in my office

      *realisation hits crafty*

      HEYYYYYYY! the songs are GENUINELY blocked at my office 👿

      • September 29, 2009 2:30 am

        😀 😀 😀 😀 I wasnt targetting anyone 😀 😀 😀 and of all people, never at you ! you are the only person who listens all the songs and even leave comments longer than my posts 😀 😀 😀

        I guess a disclaimer is needed for that comment : People, I didnt mean anyone with that comment. I was just having fun 😀 😀 😀

        • September 29, 2009 2:34 am

          @ vimmuuu: 😀 😀 😀 ((((((((hugs))))))))

          but ur disclaimer isn’t gonna save u from wrath of bloggers, vimmuuuu!!!

          i have a plan…..

          de…kai pidicho….. odikyoooooo!!!!! 😆

          (translation: here….hold hand… RUNNNNNNNN) (lol in malayalam)

          • September 29, 2009 2:39 am

            Crafty, we need to jump first !!!! We are sitting on a wall, remember ???? 😀 😀

            • September 29, 2009 2:41 am

              so you both didn’t read the post till now.. SIGH… 😦

              😀 😀 😀

              • September 29, 2009 3:08 am

                @ kanagu: i read the post kanagu! i stopped short at 1996 world cup and got nostalgic!!! the rest of cricket what followed after 1996, has been seen and forgotten by crafty, or not seen even…


            • September 29, 2009 2:42 am

              che! i forgot we are on the wall vimmuuu!!! 😳

              let me rephrase plan:

              kai pidicho…chaadikyoooo…..ippo odikyoooooo

              (translation: hold hand….jumpppppp… now runnnnn)


        • September 29, 2009 12:20 pm

          Oye! Even I do na Vimmuuu n I get my whole bandu-balhaga [near n dear] to listen to it 😉

          If u want, I cn take the pics of ppl njaaying 👿 the music n send them to u!

    • September 29, 2009 12:17 pm

      I do I do Vimmuuu 😀 N leave a genuine comments 🙄

  4. September 29, 2009 3:05 am

    this is the most relevant i can get kanagu!

    😀 😀 😀

    1996 world cup:

    that was the only and last world cup i actually followed like religion… that march, i only lived cricket!!! tell me about it, i did not except a west indies victory!!!! i kinda took it for granted it they wud win againt WI! 😐

    kanagu: You too followed it.. me was crazy at that time 😀 😀

    This world cup was precious to me! pakistan match we played … we won…. i had faked a bad stomach to stay back home to watch it…. and that win i will not forget!!!!

    kanagu: Wow… cool Crafty!!! me returned back tuition and watched it 🙂

    and i also won’t forget that defeat with SL…. 😥 at semi final…
    that’s when i died! sigh

    kanagu: I have cried 😥 on that day 😦

    i was in love with wicket keeper Nayan Mongia!! 😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: You are different 🙂 🙂

    i have few instances in matches i rememeber! like the time against pakistan, sanjay manjerekar chased the ball down, pakis were thinking of another run, he swooped and turned as if to throw the ball, pakis stopped and dropped idea of run, and sanjay then walked ahead and bent and picked the ball! 😆
    even the commentators laughed at that!

    kanagu: LOL 😆 I have never seen that… 😦
    we are not good fielding side na 😦

    well… kanagu! this isn’t as relevant as i thot it wud be! 🙄

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 🙂

    ur post ends with sad smileys!!!!


    kanagu: Hugs!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

    cheer up is all crafty can say!!!

    kanagu: Its really hard to see them lose every time 😦

  5. September 29, 2009 8:33 am

    Technically.. technically I’m 3rd here!! :mrgreen:

    Spamming has been taken care of by the 2 best(est) drama queens of our world!! 😉 😉

    maybe I should go into hiding no? before Vimmuuu and Crafty find me? for calling them drama queens all over our blog samaj posts?!!!! 😀 :D: D

  6. September 29, 2009 9:03 am

    They have won all the matches before entering the Semis only to fall against the Pakistan. I will say this Kanagu, that if there is a team that I don’t mind winning if India isn’t, it is Pakistan. Next is Srilanka. Many Indian people seem to feel this way. We fight like siblings (which we are, although estranged…) and we also stand together against all ‘outsiders’. Basically we are racists and bigot 😆 but that’s the way we feel. Don’t you agree???

    kanagu: I always liked SA next to India IHM.. I never wanted Pakistan or Srilanka to win… but now I am neutral even if India plays.. the one who plays better cricket will win the match…

    Like if Australia and Pakistan are playing, who do you wish will win?? Tell!! Tell???

    kanagu: This is real different case… I wanted Pakistan to win…. but then India don’t deserved to be in semis and they are not…

    • September 29, 2009 2:11 pm

      Pakistan… ! definitely !!! need them to beat the aussies… or we’re gone…

  7. September 29, 2009 9:43 am

    Yet another cricket post??? no comments from my side :mrgreen:

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  8. September 29, 2009 10:20 am

    classsic man………… SA are always the chokers…………. it is like they are jinxed……….. seriously!!!!!!!!!!!

    kanagu: Yes machi… 😦 😦

  9. September 29, 2009 12:19 pm

    SA my fav side next only to India 😦 I feel so so bad to see them losing during the climax scene 😛

    kanagu: 😦 😦

  10. September 29, 2009 12:54 pm

    More worried about India. Now they need to win their next match and pray that Pak wins against Aussies too. What a blow!

    kanagu: As you have worried India was out of contention 😛 😛

  11. September 29, 2009 2:10 pm

    I am glad South Africa lost… really glad… I would be glad if pak beat australia and we qualify… sigh…

    South Africa suffer from Big Match nerves and there is no doubt in it… and all this history just is used against them by all …!!!!

    kanagu: I am sad for them bhai.. I like them…

  12. September 29, 2009 6:10 pm

    SA holds the Spains(most anticipated team in most of the major tournaments) position in cricket.More like spain they will be the strongest team in paper for most of the major tournaments but used be out even b4 entering semi’s
    Apart from india i always support asian countries.

    kanagu: true machi.. they are spain of cricket… but my second support will go to SA after India…

    I hate south africa,ever since i started watching cricket(guess from 96 WC).Those time when ever a indian player bat well aganist SA,players like Donald,cullinan used sledge aganist them badly

    kanagu: I never seen that…

  13. September 29, 2009 8:09 pm

    Long time back South African Team used to be my fav team after India, Thanks to Rhodes…now I don’t even follow them…

    kanagu: they are still my 2nd favourite..

    My interest in cricket is upto the point India is playing & winning 😉

    kanagu: he he he 🙂

    & honestly speaking haven’t read the post 😀

    kanagu: LOL!!!!

  14. September 29, 2009 9:04 pm

    I liked all those test matches that India played once upon a time in SA. Donald, DeVillers and others used to bowl so ferociously that Indians were struggling at the other end! What a match that was – Klusener last over ending one… I really felt bad for SA and Zulu back then… thought Zulu deserved to win that match! I don’t like only one team – Aussies. I am glad to see them lose against any team.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: In SA pitches we always fell like pack of cards,… Me too didn’t liked Aussies much…

  15. September 29, 2009 9:24 pm

    Why are all you guys writing cricket posts 😦 I think I will have to start watching cricket again to be able to comment here 🙂

    kanagu: Please start watching Smitha 🙂 🙂

    Kanagu – can I say, out of syllabus, please 🙂

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  16. September 29, 2009 10:09 pm

    I’m not watching the tournament 😐

    Well, the South Africans earned the tag of “chokers” and it stuck to them because it’s has become a part of their game 😦

    kanagu: True Raj…

  17. September 29, 2009 11:14 pm

    poor kanagu!!! u’ll never write abt cricket again and leave it unmoderated!!! 😀 😀

    kanagu: ha ha ha… I won’t put moderation and all… else the fun will be missed… 🙂 🙂

    and wot a combo! vimmuuu, crafty and the remaining animal kingdom!!! 😀 😀 😀
    and they turned EOG into a buffalo??? good grief!!! 🙄 😆

    kanagu: ROFL… 😆
    I donno from where they picked that…

  18. September 29, 2009 11:19 pm

    cricket = no comments

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  19. September 30, 2009 2:57 am

    Kanagu, these days when I read Cricket I get amnesia.

    kanagu: he he he 🙂

    There was a time when I was Cricket crazy . Now I am just cricketer crazy. 😀

    kanagu: ROFL Solilo 😆 😆

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