Just like Herschelle Gibbs was awarded citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis for his 2007 World Cup heroics, Faf du Plessis could be given the freedom of Chennai following his hundred against Australia which had significant consequences for India, writes GARY LEMKE.
Thankfully, South African cricket fans don’t have to go full into full meltdown mode and burn their Proteas shirts in public because while victory over Sri Lanka was a matter of too little too late, it at least lifted some of the gloom around a poor World Cup campaign, writes GARY LEMKE.
Played seven, won one, the most embarrassing World Cup campaign in South Africa’s cricketing history. Protea Fire? More like Proteas Dire, writes GARY LEMKE.
Yet again South Africa were unable to get across the finishing line in a World Cup match when there was every chance of them being able to do so, writes GARY LEMKE.
Take the win and leave town was the plan and South Africa did what was needed, picking up their first win of the World Cup, by nine wickets against Afghanistan in Cardiff, writes GARY LEMKE.
Given that the game was a ‘must-win’ following three straight defeats, one assumes that the South African selectors picked their strongest available squad to take on the West Indies, writes GARY LEMKE.
Sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and say ‘we are not good enough’ to win the World Cup. That’s where South Africa are, after losing their third successive match, writes GARY LEMKE.
The ‘best bowling side in the competition’ gave their batsmen a World Cup record to chase for victory, which proved beyond them as they slumped to a second successive defeat, writes GARY LEMKE.
Brutal. Clinical. Bullied. Men against boys. Choose whatever reference you want but England showed why they are World Cup favourites when swatting aside South Africa in the opener at The Oval, writes GARY LEMKE.
Whoever loses the Cricket World Cup opening match are going to have to make history if they are going to go on and win the tournament, writes GARY LEMKE.
The Proteas again have a world-class No 7 who is a match-winner with bat and ball, and will play a big role at the World Cup, writes GARY LEMKE.
Sometimes it takes the actions of a 13-year-old to teach pampered millionaires how to behave like real sportsmen, writes GARY LEMKE.
So, the weight of 174 ODIs, nearly 8,000 runs, 27 hundreds, a batting average of 49.27 and a slew of records counted in favour of Hashim Amla’s selection ahead of Reeza Hendricks for the World Cup, writes GARY LEMKE.
If Cricket South Africa were unaware that Duanne Olivier was intending to become a latest Kolpak player, then they are justified to feel aggrieved, writes GARY LEMKE.
Do players care more for their franchise than for their country?