AB: We let our country down

2012-10-02 22:25

Colombo - Proteas captain AB de Villiers says his team, who lost all three games in the World Twenty20 Super Eights, "didn't click" and let their country down.

India beat South Africa by one run Tuesday to hand the Proteas their third successive loss. Pakistan and Australia went through to the semi-finals from the group.

India made 152-6 in their 20 overs and needed to restrict South Africa to 121 runs or less to reach the last four at Pakistan's expense. In the event they bowled their opponents out for 151 in a narrow but academic victory.

Pakistan will meet hosts Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Colombo on Thursday while Australia, who went through on run rate despite losing to Pakistan, will play the West Indies on Friday.

"Disappointed isn't the word to describe it, we've had a poor tournament," said De Villiers.

"We've let the country down and that's what hurts the most. We did all the preparation possible, we thought we were ready but the guys didn't click."

Faf du Plessis led the South African reply with an aggressive 65, studded with two towering sixes and six boundaries off just 38 balls.

When he fell in the 13th over with 58 runs were still needed but India's bowlers led by Zaheer Khan (3-22) kept their nerve to record their second win in three Super Eights encounters.

South Africa, who had lost both of their two earlier matches in the round of eight, needed 14 off the last Lakshmipathy Balaji over. Albie Morkel hit a six off the first ball but was bowled off the second.

Morné Morkel also hit a six off the fourth ball but Balaji snatched the win when he bowled the last man with a full-length delivery, ending on figures of 3-37.

India owed their total of 152-6 to Suresh Raina's 45. Raina hit five boundaries during his 34-ball knock and added 44 for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma, who made 25.

India were off to a disastrous start as opener Gautum Gambhir was bowled by Morné Morkel in the fourth over for eight, before the in-form Virat Kohli was caught behind off a rising delivery from Jacques Kallis for two in the next.

It became 36-3 when Peterson bowled Virender Sehwag for 17, after the Indian opener hit him for a big six a ball earlier. Dhoni chipped in with a quick 13-ball 23 with three boundaries.

Morkel finished with 2-28 while Peterson took 2-25.

"Overall I am quite happy with how the team performed, but there were instances where we should have had 10-15 runs more on the board. We lost too many wickets early in this match," Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.


  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 22:34

    it's ok AB, they are used to disappointment lol

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 22:36

      but we still love you AB!!! well tried and better luck next time!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 22:41

      im tired of explaining how this was not a choke lol

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-02 22:53

      I'm with you on this one, Boom. I luffs them too.

      lownabester - 2012-10-02 22:57

      India and SA will meet again at the airport:)))

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-02 23:39

      lownabester!! Best comment here!!!!!

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-03 00:21

      Something is just not right....I think we need more West Indians and Indians and Sri Lankans in the team, that might sort it out. And that Australian batsman...forget his name but he is good.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-03 00:22

      oh ya...and Levi must just wear Levi's...any advertising agencies got a job for Levi there?

      merven.halo - 2012-10-03 07:12

      Lol, to all the guys shouting 'chokers', I don't see you in any of the teams...

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-03 07:48

      LOL, Are we discussing rugby or cricket curriemafia?

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-03 09:15

      Has anyone else noticed how tiny our cricketers are? They are smaller in size than even the Indian cricketers!

      daleinn - 2012-10-03 09:18

      The focus must now shift from the players to the selectors , administrators, and technical staff, as the players "not clicking" is a contradictory statement to that of a team that should have been well prepared. There must be transformation in the sport in bringing new talent into the SA squads in all three formats. This is happening toooooooo slow. We bring players in that can perform , we drop them, then we bring them back.. at some point they have to click with bat or ball... The problem with cricket in our country and as we can see in the bonus scandal... everyone is after a fat pay check.. and if that mentality can be replaced wiht passion for the game , then maybe everyone will play their role to the success of the game. I dont beleive the players are selected correctly , I dont beleive our current captain has been nurtured well to fulfill his role. Lets stop making excuses about not taking T20 seriously.. We rather lose series , and rankings and replace it with talent and players to take us forward to winning a major world cup tournament... it is evident this is what SA deserves.. Senior players need to decide if they can play or not in all formats, and make way for younger talent. T20 is an example of young George Bailey.. and Hafeez , an example of youth being transformed into the game at a faster pace, than the minds that selects behind the closed doors.. which may be as old as the furniture they sit on!

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-03 09:41

      @Christopher.....maybe they shud create a disposable Levis jean and get Levi to model for them under the slogan.....................'One time Levi'

      deon.meyer.752 - 2012-10-03 11:10

      Anyone who says this is just micky mouse cricket and that any team can win on the day might have a point but lets get real the guys didn't play well as a team not once did the top order fire. Most of these guys played in the IPL and did well know of a few games that AB and A Morkel won single handed. Steyn and M Morkel were great in the IPL. So what happens to these guys when they put on the green and gold, no one can bowl a yonker no one can get 50 of 25 balls. Its called presure not to choke and when that pressure comes you can forget about playing with freedom. They are so scared to lose they don't know how to win.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-10-02 22:38

    Sorry, they were pathetic! And he said they were not chokers. Hell, they could not even get into the semi-finals. They just CHOKED at the thought of the world cup. Not sure about the coach, not sure about the captain, not happy with team selection. Not happy!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-02 23:42

      Maybe he meant we are not chockers at winning the toss!!!! I think we won all three!!!!

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-03 09:35

      Seriously peter if you can do better why arent you in the team??? Your upset cause you couldnt get into the SA side. All of you that keep calling the SA cricket team chokers are all pathetic. Just think of all the pressure on there shoulders because you idiots keep calling them chokers. They can do so much better, but its because of you, the media and other idiots like you. So take your comment and go put it somewhere where the sun dont shine.

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-03 11:20

      @ Najanivea, The only Morons here are you ant the rest of the ppl that call the SA team chokers. If you can do better why arent you and the rest not in the team???

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 12:51

      najanivea, don't speak rubbish. Which person in the private sector has to compete against the very best in the world? If you are in the private sector and you are known around the world for your skill, then a "bad day at the office" or even a "bad month at the office" is not going to get you fired. If you're a crack defence lawyer and you happen to lose one big case, the firm is not going to fire you. They will shrug it off as "you can't win 'em all" and continue. Gotta love all these internet losers who probably fill anonymous posts in big companies. They probably aren't even the best in their department at what they do, let alone their province, let alone their country, let alone the world. Yet they sit picking faults with guys who are household names due to their sporting excellence. Why don't you put your professional credentials and performance on display for the whole country to see. Then let's see what the masses think of how well you do your job.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 14:18

      So do I. But I'll be the first to admit that my company isn't the best in the world at what we do. Is yours?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 14:33

      And, seeing as you disingenuously dodged my question once, I'll ask it again: most players in this team are ranked among the top 50 in the world at what they do. How many private sector professionals do you know in SA (doctors, lawyers, engineers, accounts, whatever) who can honestly claim to be among the top 50 in the world at what they do? And how many have been fired by their companies for "gross incompetence"? If the other sectors of the South African business and professional world performed to the same consistently high standards that our cricketers do, we'd have an economy that would beat China's and would be the envy of the world. Show me one SA sector or company whose workforce expertise and productivity is ranked even among the top 20 in the world, let alone number 1? Sorry but your private sector comparison is just total BS.

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-03 14:54

      @ richard, Najanivea has no idea what you talking about.

  • eidel.bock - 2012-10-02 22:39

    And you still want us to believe the team are not chokers

  • Jacques - 2012-10-02 22:41

    Chin up, AB, still world no1 in the format that matters, and you guys have been on tour for literally months. I don't care about the results. Sure it's awesome to win, and we do win on the majority of occasions, but in me at least you have a fan and supporter who will support you even if you never win a trophy for as long as I live because I know you are quality cricketers.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-02 22:51

      Amen to that. There are some real Supporters out there. I AM with you, and will always be. Sad part is, most are not. Or sure as hell don't show it.

      JaredVN - 2012-10-03 07:03

      Jacques - let me guess: You are a Papsak-supporter, and therefore used to being unable to win when it matters, and cup-less for more than a decade as a result, ha-ha!

      dave.askew.583 - 2012-10-03 07:37

      Jacques its ok to have your preferences for the type of cricket but you certainly don't speak for the majority. Limited overs cricket is FAR more popular than test cricket and its what most people flock to watch. The reality is that we don't possess the players capable of winning a WC especially T20. We just have to fact the facts. The Aussies and teams from the east just produce these majestic batsmen capable of the most amazing shots but more importantly, they have the mental toughness. Look at how much crap Pakistan has gone through over the years in terms of politics, scandals, coach assissinations etc but yet they manage to get into semis or finals of WC's - why?They have that big match temprament and toughness that our cricketers just don't have.

      Jacques - 2012-10-03 08:09

      Jared, I don't care much for rugby, but that's not the point. Fact is, I know how good these guys are, having played a bit of provincial cricket myself, and if you do some reading, you'll see how hard they work. Simply because I don't jump on this choking bandwagon doesn't make me anything by extension. As for speaking for the majority, or not, the fact that the majority calls this side a bunch of failures for not winning limited overs cricket after they've consistently beaten sides away from home in the most gruelling format of the game, just shows you the rank immaturity of our fan base. I'm not happy for losing. But not shattered either.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 09:41

      Yes you blokes are right, the majority like T20 and a little less like ODI's, but for the minority, there is real cricket- TESTS!!!!

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-04 11:22

      The ICC has failed in it's job to keep cricket elite.

  • KLSmith51 - 2012-10-02 22:41

    AB you also have choked in every big match. So my advice since you do not have BMT is to open with Kallis and let Hash float down the order. Why the hype AB, treat every game as just a game and loose the stage fright.

  • cor.beuke - 2012-10-02 22:44

    Jip. We are used to being let down. Does not matter who the coach or captain is. We've become used to it. Thats the worse.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-02 22:52

    I've said it before and I'll say it again - I will always support the Proteas - win or lose. As for the guys, get some bloody rest already!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 09:42


  • Jason - 2012-10-02 22:57

    AB, your apology has restored my faith in Protea cricket, because it proves how much you care about the standard of play and also the fans. We haven't seen that in YEARS - all we had was silence or excuses.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 23:03

      100% he deserves a world of credit for the way he's handled it. you have my respect even though the proteas are my no. 2. in fact they're now my 1.5 now that AB is in charge. never got this from graeme smith. never ever.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-10-02 23:11

      words are just words. we got the same krappy result from GS tho'. i am finished with SA cricket - been disappointed too many times. i have supported through thick and thin, but unfortunately there has only been thin, thinner, and thinnest. my support has now been starved to death, and tonight it gets buried ...RIP

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-03 09:01

      @jaded.oldfart, goodbye you wont be missed. I dont know what point you are trying to make with, most people dont care that you arent supporting them anymore

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-03 10:59

      @ stephen. I agre. Jaded and the rest of them that feel that way can all P!$$ off. They will not be missed.

  • Liam - 2012-10-02 23:02

    Ons is nr1 in die t20 maar ons kan nie eers die semi's haal nie dus rerig teleurstellend

  • randomone.bhengu - 2012-10-02 23:04

    Pure Protea!

  • shamiel.mathews - 2012-10-02 23:13

    My opinion is, AB is not the best captain for this format, Botha is. The Ausies are seeing in him what our selectors cant. AB made numurous tactical mistakes in this tournament, at critical times which cost us. The selectors got it wrong with Levi as well and the batting order. We cant still be learning and growing. Tactically we got it wrong too many times and unfortunately AB must carry alot of the blame,

  • francois.g.pienaar.5 - 2012-10-02 23:14

    AB You are a talker and a Choker, you talk and promises to much, you can't handle pressure Johan Botha were a better Captain than you, rather concentrate on your singing maybe they will one day ask you to sing the National Anthem before the next chokers test.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-02 23:28

      Rather concentrate on spelling, and other sports. Cricket and spelling is not for you.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-03 05:27

      Agree with you but am sorry to see that "some people" take a swipe at others by swearing or cursing or telling you to get educated because of your spelling if you don't agree with their comments. Take heart,you are at least honest and don't act like a loser backing losers.

      darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-03 11:01

      And Fracois you are a MORON. Why dont you and Roy go get a room. Dont see you guys in the SA team.

  • - 2012-10-02 23:19

    we forgive you AB,we used to this anyway...i'm only happy that they finally gave Faf an opportunity to prove himself instead of the under performing Levi....

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-02 23:19

    Choke, Choke we will not choke...

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-02 23:25

    Remains hit and giggle . India is out and from all reports even the cricket mad Indians don't give a hoot. AB is over worked and if we don't find a full time keeper soon we will see a great player wane fast....and we need him at 4 or 5 when Jk retires

  • hash.jadawat - 2012-10-02 23:33

    Get Kevin Petersen back to south africa maybe he can teach AB something about cricket.AB doesn't understand the logistics of being a captain.Talks too much n does less..Move on... Cummin on u in it to Win it...

      Lethabo - 2012-10-03 06:28

      AB knows a lot n please a game is a game sometimes u lose,draw or win so if they lost n you're a true supporter then just keep on supporting.SA's cricket team has done a lot won more games n broke records so just let it be... ....

  • Samukelisiwe Tana Shelembe - 2012-10-02 23:45

    yeah AB tonight I sleep with a sad face & heavy heart, not so long ago the Proteas were breaking & creating new records, but when it came to crunch time = choked... ay-yay-yay

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 09:47

      What about the last test in England? Was that not the BIGGEST crunch game the Proteas played in the last 10 Years? Did we choke? No we took the Highest honours in cricket with flying colours, now please get over yourself, we were never the favourites to win this tournament anyway!!!

  • mbulelo.pikoli - 2012-10-02 23:51

    Dnt panic SA 1day is 1day dnt wrry AB nd d D Boys

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-10-03 00:01

    Don't worry AB, you're in good company with bafana-bafana and the springboks letting S. Africa down...

  • jeandre.esterhuizen.9 - 2012-10-03 00:16

    Really hope levy and albie morkel doesn't wear that proteas shirt ever again.

  • bling.mbomvu - 2012-10-03 00:27

    Sorry guys better luck next time, we still behind you all the way.

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-10-03 00:43

    Chokers again fire all

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-03 00:47


  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-10-03 02:24

    LOL this choking rut runs deep, not even Kirsten could help em. But the Proteas can be @ peace bcos they in da same boat wit Bafanyana Bafanyana and Springbulls...LOL they were knocked out even before their own game started and went on to lose that game when they had nothing to lose hehehehehehe ai ai ai only in Mzansi

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 02:57

    Don't worry AB, it's only 20/20 baseball. No-one cares about it. You are nr. 1 in real cricket. That's what matters.

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-10-03 04:31

    Its ok boys, AB should concentrate on his battings, our fielding was poor we dropped crucial catches, think of Watson dropped catch, we must get a wicket keepper AB to stick to batting, Levi failed us in England and played well against lowly ZIM and failed again against Sri Lanka, and coaching staff stick to him until the last game while FAF he is kicking his ankles,poor decision making,we should have played Tsotsobe ahead of Parnell against Australia,Johan Botha he is too defensive hence he doesnt get lot of wicket in this format as compared to Peterson, Tahir could have done better if you think of India world cup.Kallis and Amla the need an opening partner in a top order to protect them so that the can play ther normal game and be explosive later, our bowling was much better but not consistent especially against Pakistan and Australia, we should have won the game against Pakistan convincilly.Welcome home boys we love you and we will support you, tough decisions must be made about this format of a game(T20).

      odupreez - 2012-10-03 08:43

      Its 20 over cricket, theres not time for Kallis etc to play their "normal" game, if they can't cut it they should not be there !!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-03 05:17

    AB has changed his tune and "admitted" that they choked once again as in previous years. Now lets hear what the people/losers who post comments have to say about the Proteas. Because this team is supposed to be #1 and has the top bowlers and batsmen,was their loss because they are not good at Twenty20 and if so how and why do they do so good in the IPL? Of course somebody is going to say: "We are on a learning curve so watch us in a few years?

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-03 05:46

    Luckily for them the last match was not a crucial match as they were already out of the competition. This result would have really gone down as a major choke if it was a win or pack your bags situation. One can always count on a Morkel to let one down at the end. Useless, both of them.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-03 05:59

    Sorry Guys,that's the way T20 goes.Some poor decisions,soome missed catches and some bad strok making cost us.T20 is like a lottery,any team can win on the day.In T20 luck plays a big part and that didn't happen for us.Welcome Home Guys,unlike some of our so called comrades,we still Love Yous and Proud of Yous,after all its just a game.Congragulations to the 4 teams that made the semis and may the best team win.At the end of it all,all we cricket lovers want it that cricket in the winner.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-10-03 06:04

    No kidding AB? It was embarrassing, but hang in there. Once the current crop of proteas really learn to lift their game appropriately and gain a true understanding of professionalism (eg. Australia) then your day will come. Hope you and the rest of us do not have to wait too long. You are past high school cricket now.

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-10-03 06:05

    It seems like were cursed long time ago don't worry Abraham boy one day is one day anyway we will always support you guys

  • Bonga Nomlala - 2012-10-03 06:13

    The guys tried, it was not their time so good luck for the future, at least they have proven so many times that they competent enough to take the world top teams..

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-10-03 06:26

    I couldn't have said it better...its just a shame is the same old, same old after each tournament.... let our country down..... just admit together you are a bunch of chokers!!!!

  • johan.venter.71404 - 2012-10-03 06:43

    I want to categorically state that the South African team are Not, I repeat NOT chokers. They just happen to get some foreign object stuck in their collective throat when a global tournament is hosted by the ICC which restricts their ability to breathe freely. This medical phenomenon is currently under investigation.

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-10-03 06:52

    urg...aah...nnnn! Choking to death, someone please call 911?!

  • wanda.novukela - 2012-10-03 06:55

    Don't you worry AB, its nothing we never expected. I'm struggling to work out one thing though; which came first, the choker tag or the Bafana syndrome? Egg or Chicken?

      sibusiso.ntshangase.7 - 2012-10-03 07:27

      They are both a national embarassment proteas hav won nothn in 20 years of existance and bafana all they hav to show is an africa championship

  • vzkruger - 2012-10-03 06:59

    HI AB, This is OK and we can understand the "underperformance" due to the long tour, the roulette format of T20 etc. We are less hurt and disappointnted everytime this happens..we are getting use to it. We as supporters, have no choice but to accept your humble apology and will carry on supporting the Proteas..till next time bye

  • Hangwanie - 2012-10-03 07:08

    As always AB

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-03 07:12

    Count the number of 6's we've hit in the tournament vs other teams. Our guys too small? And what is the use of ending up with a low score for 4 or 5 - you should use all your wickets and HIT. Our lower-end guys can hit 6's (e.g. Morkels). We nearly made it against India. Although they are also out so the measure is probably not right. Choked times 3. I can understand 1.

  • luke.du.toit - 2012-10-03 07:16

    There are bigger problems in life. Its just a game, move on!

  • munro.pretorius - 2012-10-03 07:16

    Yes you did..How can you be happy the way your team performed???You lost nearly all the games. Your standards are very low. Maybe you are not the captain the team need.

  • danny.s.dare - 2012-10-03 07:16

    What i'd like to know is how we couldnt even beat Pakistan when their top order batsmen tried so hard to give the game to us! I have seldom seen such poor bowling decision making!

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-10-03 07:17

    So what else is new? Chokers!

  • luke.du.toit - 2012-10-03 07:19

    There are bigger problems in life. Its just a game, move on!

  • stanley.marries - 2012-10-03 07:23


  • Joe - 2012-10-03 07:23

    Let's just hope we've seen the last of Levi and Parnell in a protea shirt.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-03 07:26

    Just stop paying them. In the real world 'no work = no pay' and certainly no performance bonus! So treat the Proteas accordingly and watch the team's efforts improve dramatically.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 11:32

      I'd like to see your monthly salary if you had to beat the best people in the world at your job in order to get paid.

  • pieter.beets - 2012-10-03 07:28

    Call it what you want. Proteas BMT got stuck in your throat

  • sean.tearnan - 2012-10-03 07:33

    Most of your readers are Brain challenged by calling the Proteas Chokers. We just played PooRly. Finished and Klaar.

  • marthinus.stander.3 - 2012-10-03 07:36


      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-03 09:37

      Ah that was so thought provoking