Duminy: SA will not choke

2011-02-18 11:20

New Delhi - South Africa can shed their reputation as Cricket World Cup chokers, batsman JP Duminy insisted on Friday.

The Proteas have yet to win the sport's biggest one-day prize following a series of misfortunes since the country's return to international cricket.

Duminy believes that having a 15-man squad that boasts 11 World Cup debutants means a campaign free of the baggage of failure.

"We know that tag (as chokers) haunts us quite a bit but there are a lot of new faces in the team," Duminy told cricinfo.

"Hopefully that tag won't bother us too much in going all the way in this tournament. It's a young-looking side but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

"We've been putting building blocks in place before the first game and we are looking forward to the challenge."

After 21 years of apartheid-induced isolation, South Africa made the semi-finals in 1992 only to be undone by a bizarre rain rule that left them needing 22 runs off one ball to beat England.

In 1996 a side led by the late Hansie Cronje and coached by the innovative Bob Woolmer established themselves as favourites in India and Pakistan, sweeping through the group stage only to be beaten in the quarter-finals by a West Indian team that had struggled to qualify.

Cronje and Woolmer were again in charge of a powerful team in England in 1999 before Australia clawed back from the brink of elimination in a Super Six match, then knocked the Proteas out on net run rate when a dramatic semi-final between the two teams ended in a tie.

South Africa's failure to qualify for the second round at home in 2003 cost Shaun Pollock the captaincy and his successor, Graeme Smith, led a largely lacklustre campaign in the West Indies in 2007.

Although South Africa reached the semi-finals for the third time it was no surprise when they were beaten by a strong Australian team.


  • tdk25 - 2011-02-18 11:30

    To all who say SA are chockers, kiss my black behind

      Ricksta - 2011-02-18 12:29

      And they can kiss my white behind too !

      billfrog - 2011-02-18 12:30

      What has happened time and time again. THEY HAVE CHOCKED!!!!!

      Gavin Bird - 2011-02-18 13:02

      Nimrods, it's choked. Not chocked.....flip it is even in the heading. And yes, they will choke.....

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-02-18 14:01

      @Gavin Bird, what a friggin chop, a-hole

  • Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-02-18 11:30

    I always have a good laugh at these Anti-Protea, Chips on their shoulder Jerk- Offs. They spend such a lot of time dissing the Proteas its comical.

      Gorilla - 2011-02-18 11:32

      I think we'll take that from whence it comes.

      theGregos - 2011-02-18 16:08

      Lord Haw Haw was a traitor. Are you?

  • Exoteric - 2011-02-18 11:32

    i would take a bet on them choking again, just to see if we can motivate them!

      guzilam - 2011-02-18 13:33

      You are a sad excuse for a South African. Why don't you emigrate...GO PROTEAS!

      Zolani - 2011-02-18 13:58

      Can you explain, on what you mean by AGAIN, we have only played 5 times, 2 were rained out, one we drew to Australia and lost on Run aggregate, Once the west indies Beat us fare and square, and once The aussies beat us fair and square.

      Zolani - 2011-02-18 14:24

      South Africa's semi-final against England ended in controversial circumstances when, after a rain delay, the rule in use for revising target scores in rain-affected matches revised their target from 22 runs from 13 balls to an impossible 21 runs from one ball HOW IS THIS CHOKING ?

  • Mr. B - 2011-02-18 11:44

    GO PROTEA's !!!! You've got all the skill, talent and drive to win it and Lady Luck has got to smile on us this time around. Bring it home gents.

  • karlkat - 2011-02-18 12:00

    Hope they do not take win over Aussies too serious. The Aussies are good at playing mind games especially those of the Proteas. The less the proteas say the better...they must play the game

  • All Black Chokers - 2011-02-18 12:20

    but the Kiwis will

  • MactheKnife - 2011-02-18 12:21


  • slug - 2011-02-18 12:25

    lets wait and see, with all the new faces in the team experience might count against you when you chasing 8 runs an over to win a game with 10 overs left

  • sonnyg - 2011-02-18 12:26

    Yawn, another article about another protea saying they not chockers. Once you win something then you can say you not chockers.

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-18 12:28

    Some people really need to get a clue about what choking is. Firstly, it's about losing from a winning position, not losing to a better team on the day. Secondly, it's called choking, not chocking.

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-02-18 13:11

      Lol, brilliantly said, these trolls dont know the meaning of the word let alone how to spell it

  • jay - 2011-02-18 12:38

    It depends whether SA can adapt to changing a game plan when the need arises. There is enough talent in the team to win the tournament.

  • tass - 2011-02-18 12:43

    its too early to talk, why cant the players take each game as it comes , when they win the semi final , they can then say choker tag is not for them.

  • trindian786 - 2011-02-18 13:06

    cough.. cough... cough cough .................. choking is always there in proteas blood.. lol

      Dros - 2011-02-18 13:12

      @trindian786 ... take this ...for cough...for cough...for cough

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-18 13:23

      lol @ Dros

  • FUBAR - 2011-02-18 13:23

    News flash: According to Wikipedia the definition of choke: "In sports, a choke is the failure of an athlete or an athletic team to win a game or tournament when the player or team had been strongly favored to win or had squandered a large lead in the late stages of the event. Someone who chokes may be known as a choker or, more derisively, as a choke artist. Choking in sport can be considered a form of analysis paralysis." Can our cricket players really be that arrogant to believe that they are the favourites to win the world cup? The Proteas are NOT the best team and until they get rid of dead weight who believe that they are, we don't deserve to win the world cup.

      CynicBelieve - 2011-02-18 13:29

      Hear hear

  • Flinger - 2011-02-18 13:31

    This article could have made more mention of HOW badly graham smith 'the boytjie' F*&ked up in the West Indies. Also, i remember the last world cup, it took 6 weeks from start to finish...its far too long for a tournament, especially for a bunch of players who are used to playing 5 days on the trot and now suddenly they get 1 week between games, its crazy, they can shorten this to 3 weeks if they kick out all the rubbish as well (Like Zim)

  • BlackSwan - 2011-02-18 13:48

    I think you already choked - just by talking about it!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2011-02-18 13:58

    Think it is time that we stop labeling them. This year and this WC is so important because a number of senior players will not play in a WC again. We have a good team with great players. I too have to admit that I have labeled them in the past. I believe that we can win this WC, wouldn't that be GREAT.

  • Weepee - 2011-02-18 14:06

    There is a thin line between choking, bad luck & stupidity. Bad luck = duckworth Lewis (Eng), net run rate (oz). Stupidity = Alan Donald run-out (oz), Shaun Pollock (WI). Otherwise the better team on the day beat them. It happens in cricket.

      Mr. B - 2011-02-18 20:21

      Weepee - Alan Donalds run out = pressure Herschelle Gibbs showboating and dropping Waugh = stupidity

  • zpm5402 - 2011-02-18 14:38

    OK JP I will believe you when you start getiing the runs AND wickets. Put the score on the board as well as you make make statements like this. I surely hope this will not come back to haunt you.

  • jon4plk - 2011-02-18 16:22

    They choke because of affirmative action in sports-if it was an all white team, they would ha won the world several times.

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-18 16:43

      Utter kak. So why didn't they win it in '92 and '96?

      Sipho - 2011-02-18 16:53

      what are u smoking dude? U definitely not a cricket fan. Smith is the biggest loser in town followed closely by Botha.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-02-19 05:01

    In case any of you bunked spelling class at school, it's spelt "chokers". We are going to be using the word quite a bit in the next few months, so please try to spell it correctly. It's "choke", "choking", "chokers", and, my new one, "chokalitis". And a team that perenially chokes could be called the "Chokeas".

  • BardofAvon - 2011-02-19 05:03

    In case any of you bunked spelling class at school, it's spelt "chokers". We are going to be using the word quite a bit in the next few months, so please try to spell it correctly. It's "choke", "choking", "chokers", and, my new one, "chokalitis". And a team that perenially chokes could be called the "Chokeas".

      BardofAvon - 2011-02-19 05:04

      Please excuse the double posting. Slow server.

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