AB: Proteas won't choke!

2012-09-30 07:40

Colombo - AB de Villiers and his troops will take a lot of lessons from their loss against Pakistan, as they prepare for their second ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight match against Australia on Sunday.

The short turn-around of matches leaves little time for reflection, with De Villiers also using the time to focus on the positives.
“The positive thing about the match against Pakistan was that we didn’t play at 100 per cent,” De Villiers said. “We were way below par and we still competed. I am very proud of the way the boys fought back after the first 10 overs with bat in hand. People tend to forget that we actually fought well to get ourselves into a winning position.”
The end result is ultimately what counts, but the team can draw on their impressive fielding performance, their batting at the death which yielded 57 runs in six overs (seven dot balls) and the bowling intent and intensity which left Pakistan at 76 for seven.
“It’s very easy to look at the one or two overs where we lost the game with ball in hand, but we played unbelievable cricket to get there. I am proud of the way we fought and I think we stand a really good chance in the next two games to play good cricket again; we can only go up from here.”
The Proteas’ mental strength in pressure situations will always be under close scrutiny at World events. The team continues to show progress in that area, which will be defining in the matches to come.
“I am very proud of the way we played,” De Villiers said.  “A lot of people will say we choked again, but I thought we played good cricket out there. I thought we did well to compete. We held our heads up high when we walked off the field because that is the way we played, we gave ourselves the chance to win the game.”
Australia pose a different threat to that of Pakistan, with pace and bounce a strength they will look to exploit. For the Proteas the challenge remains the same regardless of the opposition.
“We will come back in the next two games and, if we play better cricket, we will win both of them and we will go through to the semi-finals. There won’t be any choking there, that’s for sure,” De Villiers concluded. 

The game on Sunday starts at 12:00 (SA time) at the R Premadasa Stadium.


  • francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-30 08:28

    So you admit that you did choke against Pakistan? Get the word out of your vocabulary. I think it is because you focus so much on choking or not, that you actually choke. And get that Morkel not to overstep - how difficult is that?

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-30 09:11

      Why can't AB de Villiers nie sy bek toe hou nie,just for once.He ****ed things up against Pakistan and now in a must win situation comes out talking k^k like this.It's what the **** you do on the playing field in the heat of the battle that makes you chokers,not telling the Media that you're not.Grow up AB de Villiers you bloody moron and start making some damn sense.

      bruce.mills1 - 2012-09-30 13:41

      I believe that Albie Morkel cannot handle pressure bowling. After you set a ball up to a tall guy who pastes you for six, why do it again 4 times in a row? That over of insanity lost the match for the Proteas.

  • UNITY - 2012-09-30 08:29

    100% behind the team SA, bring back home the silverware!!!

  • willie.dique - 2012-09-30 08:31

    Jip you admit the choking business......but the proof is in the puddig. We will support you in the rest of the games. Keep Morkel in tact and give Levi a good slap to wake him up. Good Luck!

  • Jason - 2012-09-30 08:44

    There is a difference bewteen choking and playing badly. Choking is the ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory, while playing badly is just about lack of concentration.

  • - 2012-09-30 08:59

    i like his attitude and i believe we will win both games, & also win the tournament...but they must drop levi now and open with faf

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-30 09:18

      @ziyaad.zizoo. Faf can't be more hopeless than Levi. In fact, Faf seems to be able to play quite well on the sub-continent pitches whereas Levi struggles as was evidenced during the recent IPL

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-30 09:45

      There are problems with the top order. In T20, if your top 3 don't fire, you're in trouble. SL rely almost exclusively on Dilshan/Mahela/Sanga, WI on Gayle and Samuels, India on Gambhir/Sehwag/Kholi, and the reason Aus have done so well is because Watson, Warner and Hussey are all on song. Our top order fired against Zim. But they were facing a weak attack and a required run rate that wouldn't even have been challenging in an ODI let alone a T20. So it allowed risk-free batting. When we've had to play our shots and faced decent attacks, we've had to rely on AB and Duminy coming to the rescue. With Hash's form in Eng, Levi's power hitting and JK's ability and experience, we should have one of the most daunting top orders in the tournament. At the moment, we have the least daunting top order. If you asked any of the opposition bowling attacks which top order they'd most like to bowl to during a power play, they'd answer "South Africa's". If we are to progress further, that has to change - and quickly too.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-30 10:26

      The problem is that no team plays AB as an opener and he doesn't seem keen on the role himself. Even in IPL, he bats at five and is considered a finisher, not an opener. T20 teams need a Sehwag/Warner/Gayle/McCullum/Dilshan type who can open the batting and slaughter the opposition bowling. Levi is perfect for that role but can't sustain form. Neither Hash nor Faf hits it big enough. Faf did really well in the IPL but his fifties were taking him through to the 12th over and beyond. He was a survivor not a slaughterer. His SR was 130. Warner, Gayle, Sehwag are all at 160+. You want an opener who gets his 50 off 25-30 balls, not 40-45. Then you can afford an Amla or Kallis to anchor the innings. We have no problems finishing the innings. AB, Duminy, Albie and Robin P are all excellent in that role. And for those slamming Albie, take note that the Windies' designated finisher Kieron Pollard has scored 16 runs in 4 innings during this WC. It's an exceptionally difficult role in which regular failure is the norm. Even Dhoni bombs often. Only AB seems able to pull it off relatively often. Which is all the more reason to keep him in that role.

  • nickyvdnest - 2012-09-30 09:04

    I am not that optimistic.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-30 09:05

    We won't choke? What version of this movie are we seeing now? Episode 22?

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-30 09:11

    Why can't AB de Villiers nie sy bek toe hou nie,just for once.He ****ed things up against Pakistan and now in a must win situation comes out talking k^k like this.It's what the **** you do on the playing field in the heat of the battle that makes you chokers,not telling the Media that you're not.Grow up AB de Villiers you bloody moron and start making some damn sense.

      Jacques - 2012-09-30 10:06

      I'm sure you'll do a much better job, then? I'm sure you can hit an inch-perfect yorker for 6, keep wicket, captain and handle the media- and the trolls- better than he can? AB missed the mark tactically by a fraction, so before you 'talk sh*****t' yourself, why don't you calm down a little?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-30 10:47

      Well, to be fair, AB doesn't handle the trolls. The belief that the Proteas players all rush to News24 after the match and then cry themselves to sleep because some fans were mean to them is, well, a bit far-fetched. If any of them stumbled across the comments on these forums, they'd probably kill themselves laughing.

      Jacques - 2012-09-30 10:59

      True, but even in press conferences, questions like 'will you choke?' come up. What SHOULD he say? 'I refuse to mention the word because we want to do the talking on the field'? He must talk about it. Not like he's organising these press conferences to bring it up.

  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-09-30 09:15

    Ag please we have heard all of this before.All the proteas are good at is choking

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-09-30 09:37

    Yes AB, I.m sure you wont. LOL

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-09-30 09:49

    Its unfortunate that we have to keep defending ourselves agaisnt this reputation. It shows tha AB and the team are thinking about it and thats not a good thing.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-30 10:01

      "We" don't have to keep defending "ourselves" against this reputation. Because we are the ones most responsible for it. For the two ODIs and the one T20 we lost in England, not a single English supporter claimed that the Proteas choked. Every time, there was an army of SA supporters posting "Chockers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on these forums afterwards. It's the same in the rugby. There is not a single Arg/Aus/NZ fan who reckons the Boks don't perform because there are too many Stormers or too many Bulls in the team and thus no "BMT". It is a "weakness" that has been fabricated entirely by South Africans themselves.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-30 09:58

    Losing to Pakistan was a Classic Choke. So we certainly haven't lost that ability. Choking in our team is deeply entrenched, because it's the 1st re-assurance every new Captain comes up with.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-30 10:02

    Why he bowled Morkel and not Botha to Gul boggles the mind. That has nothing to do with 'oh well T20 lottery', that is a simple, logical cricket decision he got wrong. I hope they look into that because tactically we're not competing at all, I'm afraid.

  • badd.azz.5 - 2012-09-30 10:06

    Kallis should open with Amla. Levi is having a nightmare and Jacques is player that needs a few balls to get in so he is not suited for down the order. Bring Faf in at 3, he bats and will also increase our spin options. AB must come in at 3 or 4, too good a player.

  • badd.azz.5 - 2012-09-30 10:20

    Kallis, Amla, de Villiers, Duminy, Berhardien, Ontong, Peterson, Botha, Steyn, M.Morkel, Tsotsobe This line up bats up until botha at 8, has 4 quicks and 4 spinners.

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-09-30 10:35

    Whoever coined the phrase "chokers" was 100% right. We are now the champion chokers after the All Blacks won the RWC. We play this amazing cricket between tournaments, but when it comes to tournaments we fold.

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-09-30 10:48

    Just bowl yorkers then we wont

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-09-30 11:05

    As I sat watching those last five blunderful overs 'match fixing' came to mind.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-09-30 11:12

    Win or lose, AB, your team is my team. Klaargef*kkenpraatfontein.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-30 11:25

    AB,where have we heard this before? When it comes to the big important games,the Proteas always "choke" and then we hear that the batsmen or the bowlers did not do their part. It is about time that we accept that the Proteas ARE chokers.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-30 11:44

    I'm not holding my breathe. The Aussies seem to be on fire. In such a tough group one can not let a game slip like they did against Pakistan.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-30 11:49

    Cummon Proteas, make those Aussies choke.Going to be a double this weekend over them

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-30 12:03

    Levi just \Choked\

  • gerhard.borcherds - 2012-09-30 12:03


  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-30 12:09

    Please don't.

  • sampie.zwarts - 2012-09-30 12:13

    You lie, you're busy choking. 8/2

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-30 12:38


      sampie.zwarts - 2012-09-30 13:33

      stephen, are you talkkng about yourself here?

  • David Eloff - 2012-09-30 12:30

    Johan Botha is a better captain! AB shouldn't comment before a game... look stupid if you are 34/3

  • frank.glenleary - 2012-09-30 12:31

    realy I think not chokers chokers busy buying plane tickets while we playing Ausies

  • Joe - 2012-09-30 13:11

    behardien or whatever his name is, this oke comes from where??? he thinks its a test match!!! off with his head!

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-09-30 13:12

    SA 100/5 after 15 overs ----------- that's chocking in my books

  • nico.vanderlinde.1 - 2012-09-30 13:27

    Havent seen the Proteas choke like this since ...... well since playing Pakistan in their previous game. We are stroking the ball around as if we had 100 overs to bat.Poor team selection and tactics.

  • sampie.zwarts - 2012-09-30 14:30

    Hurry up chokers, just now you miss your plane.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-30 14:33

    But the writing is on the wall mr AB! Remember this is not test cricket.

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-09-30 14:34

    drop catches... swak bowling.... jeepers.......chokers at its best.......

  • dbnsfynest - 2012-09-30 14:53

    Famous last words!!!

  • tatsee - 2012-09-30 15:12

    ...famous last words...

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-09-30 15:35

    AB, EAT YOUR WORDS! A double choking display in three days, absolute proof that you guys are indeed the champion choker. We are the cricket joke of the world, your choking against Pakistan will haunt you now, for the following reasons. (1) 'Cute' cricket against quality opposition like Pakistan, displayed through senseless/wasteful reverse sweep shots in crunch games, when you should bat sensibly and build big scores, proof poor shot selection & that you undermine your opponents, common sense tells me you only practice such shots when you're of a victory, which also reflects (2) poor game analysis, (3) poor decision-making, case in point, persistent Levi selection irrespective of his failure and poor form, (4) with no contingency plan (like Ontong, a passenger , or by batting order reviews), Morne Morkel's lambasted by quality batsmen whilst you have an extra option/passenger in the team in Tsotsobe (having a nice paid holiday), (5) bad captaincy on bowler rotation and death bowling, (6) not prepared to play adventurous ( essential in T20) cricket, rather boring predictable cricket. I am also sure Vernon Philander would have been a game breaker, like pace bowlers Fynn, Cummins, etc, or will you tell me rubbish again that he is just a test player? Philander (pace/swing/accuracy) could have been your trump card on these pitches. I became resigned to the harsh truth and reality that at least no other cricket team in the world will beat us in choking, that's our legacy.

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2012-09-30 16:21

    famous last words son!!!!!

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