The Proteas are experiencing another terrible start vs India. The top order totally imploded again. Maybe Rabada can make a match of it, but it seems unlikely. How did we get into this mess.....once again under performing our ranking:
1 Firstly we haven't got enough competitors in this team......guys who really welcome the pressure. Faf maybe, Tahir....who else. That's why we need guys like Willie, Faf de Klerk, Etzebeth and Louw in the team
2 Small deer in the headlights types like De Kock and Duminy will be smaller and more frozen at a WC. Quintie could have been out 5 times today. He should bat at 6 like the slogger he is.....move the ball and he is undone. Read Jantjies, Papier, Kleintjie Kriel.
3 Don't over play the old pros coming into the WC....Steyn clearly put too much pressure on his dicky shoulder. He could have made a difference. Let's not do the same thing to Vermeulen.
4 WCs are no place for frivolity.....van der Dussen should never have been playing a reverse sweep at that critical stage. The Boks should mostly take their points....our mauls aren't working that well.
Above all, the Proteas were dismissive of the Banglies....but when the pressure came on we imploded. Respect each opponent....but be determined to take them apart. When you only have 7 or so matches you have to play each like it's the last.
In truth the Proteas couldn't count on beating India and the Poms.....but they had to put the Banglies away. Likewise the Boks can't count on beating the ABs in the pools...but they have to put away the rest of the pool ruthlessly.