Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis said that the Proteas will not beat India unless his players are at their best.
The Proteas play India in Southampton on Wednesday. It will be their third match of the competition within a week, and already there are murmurs about their chances of making the semi-finals being under threat.
The major concerns are that after the loss to Bangladesh, the Proteas will be forced into using their Plan C and place their Plan A on standby.
Du Plessis urged his players to up their game against India, who are one of the favourites in the competition.
‘I have to believe that. I wouldn’t be South African if I said no,’ he said when asked if his side can turn things around.
‘Every single player in our dressing room is not playing to their full potential, and that’s why we’re not putting the performances in. As soon as that starts happening, then those things will change.
‘I’ll go back and try and see how we can lift the spirits in the team.
‘We’re playing a strong team in India, and as a team we know we’re not good enough at the moment and we have to turn it around.
‘International cricket is not like “here you go, there’s a win for you.”
‘The World Cup is set up with strong teams. We won’t be going back and just falling over, I can promise you that.’
The Proteas need to go back to the drawing board and find inspiration to turn their tournament around.