South Africa were Desperate to Not Let AB de Villiers Retire
Jun 09 2019
Indian team's preparation has been very good and they have been playing very good cricket in the last many years and also all the players were in good form during the IPL.
India is one of the favorites to win the World Cup alongside host England, who lost their second game against Pakistan yesterday.
Against the Proteas India have had a good time recently, The Men in Blue beat them 5-1 in South Africa after losing the Test series.
The timing of his retirement - exactly a year before the tournament - was also a problem, while it was also felt that his potential inclusion would be unfair on other players such as Rassie van der Dussen, who averages 66 since making his debut earlier this year.
It's been an odd build-up for Kohli's side.
But there hasn't been one shot in anger from one-day cricket's No. 2-ranked team.
South Africa are on the brink of being removed from contention for a berth in the semi-finals.
"What did he say?" Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story.
When asked why no player or support staff was made available, the media manager said that it was done since India haven't started its World Cup campaign yet.
Kohli and Co. go into their opening match on Wednesday fully refreshed and facing an injury-depleted South Africa already reeling from two defeats. Linda said that CSA made the decision totally out principal even after knowing how big ABD is as a cricketer. They've suffered defeats to England, Bangladesh and India. "Take our time to lament all the results", said Amla, who averages nearly 50 and has scored nearly 8,000 runs in the ODI format.
So Virat Kohli and Co will be keen to get a bit of revenge against their opponents, especially in the World Cups. Team India has been geared up for their match-winning start against Proteas and is sweating it out in the ground rigorously.
"Look whether (Lungi) Ngidi plays, or (Dale) Steyn plays or not, Rabada is always going to be a world-class bowler and a threat to any side he plays against".
South Africa were beaten in the tournament opener by England on Thursday and were then upset by Bangladesh on Sunday. "There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way", de Villiers wrote on his twitter handle.