Kolkata, November 17 (Language) South Africa again faced defeat in the knockout stage of the ODI World Cup but its head coach Rob Walter believes that the ‘chokers’ (pressure of big matches) on the defeat to Australia in the semi-finals. A word like disintegrating team) does not fit.
Batting first, the South African team was out for 212 runs. Australia achieved the target in 47.2 overs to reach the final where they will face India in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Walter explained his definition of ‘chokers’, saying, “For me, chokers mean a match that you lose even though you are in a position to win.”
He told reporters after the match, “In this match we were behind from the beginning. We tried really well to come back and score a score where we could challenge them.
Walter said that if he had scored 30 or 40 more runs, the outcome of the match would have been different.
He said, “We continued to fight and came back into the match but obviously in the end we were 30 or 40 runs behind.” However, we did not allow them to achieve the target easily and took seven of their wickets.
“So for me, this performance was not even close to chokers,” Walter said. This was a serious contest between two good teams of the tournament. It is disappointing to lose in the semi-finals but we will return home with many positive things from this tournament.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada bowled only six overs and Walter revealed he had a heel injury.
He said, “Rabada had a heel injury so he could not contribute as much as was expected from him.” He bowled despite the injury but could not contribute his 100 percent.