PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Bartho van Tonder
 
Comments: 31
Article views: 2
 
 
Latest Badges:
 
 

Smug with success?

25 September 2009, 07:41  - Bartho van Tonder
Every time I hear Graeme Smith at a pre- or post- cricket match interview, he looks quite content and comfortable, almost smug with the knowledge that the team he’s leading has the potential to dominate any other team in a given one day, and increasingly nowadays, in any five day match.

It is clearly a satisfying feeling, and the words with which he rounds off to display his conviction, are also at these interviews, inevitably heard: “We’ve had a good last two years or thereabouts, the team has been grafting really hard and the success paid off in our results.”

This cannot be denied, as South Africa certainly has had a pride-inspiring two year period, and in which Smith played a key part with both his leadership and performances, most markedly demonstrated perhaps in his one-man stand battle in the series-deciding test match victory against England at Birmingham last year with his man of the match, unbeaten score of 154, and his ‘Captain Courageous’ effort of coming out to bat injured against Australia in the final innings of the last match played Down Under in the beginning of this year, which some Australian reports claimed, however, was only effective in detracting attention from Australia’s remarkable victory on that day.

Sorry for stealing the spotlight for split-second there mates, we know how you love it.

But one thing from which we must not detract ourselves, and in so doing also merely become culprits of riding on our image, is that all these performances, though painstakingly accomplished, and in the rewards of which we should by all means sweetly indulge, will remain where they are, and that is in the past. With our renewed and strengthened armory of experience in achievement, our aim must now lie to breach barriers thus far unsurpassed, which we will again come to encounter in the future.

Admittedly, we have not had much match practice, and this fact was perhaps most dearly responsible for our recent loss against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the ICC championships Trophy, where we were visibly rusty. However, I have a feeling we thought leading this campaign would just follow as a matter of course, and although there is perhaps a lot of pressure on us to perform (being the host nation), our players are mature and experienced enough not to let the pressure bring them down too much.

To the contrary in fact, they seem to be rather immune to pressure – the 2007 World Cup being an example where we went in as favourites, and allowed Australia to run away with a score of 377 in our group match (which we started off chasing pretty impressively) - seemingly thinking there is no score we can’t chase, possibly owing to our historic performance a while earlier in the famed ‘434’ game.

Again in the 20/20 World Cup earlier this year in England, we were on solid form, suffocating every team hoping to threaten us, and strolling to the semi final against Pakistan undefeated, again posed as favourites. There we lost, but it had been a long season, and our “20/20” vision, so to speak, just seemed to have taken a slight dip on that day.

We come into this new Championship well rested out, with time to have reflected on our past achievements. We looked unquestionably more focused in our second match against New Zealand, winning by 5 wickets and 53 balls remaining, with the talisman AB de Villiers leading the charge in emphatic style with his sharp-eyed, cool-headed, and enduring presence. 

Having lost to Sri Lanka might actually not be such a bad thing, as we will now not be shrouded (and clouded) by an air of invincibility as we were in the 20/20 competition, which is much harder to uphold.  A platform, one might say, has therefore been laid pretty strongly, but it is now at this junction in which our mindset rises to the fore as an integral element to our potential success.

It is for this reason that we can now not afford to bask in the glory of our prior success, and we must contract the focus which saw us roaring to victory against New Zealand today, with all the opponents we will encounter over the next two weeks. At the same time, we must remain humble and see our opponents on the same level as a boxer might see his across the ring – on equal footing, and with an understanding that only with a tireless fight, and palpable desire, will we prevail.

This we must do, because as much as the country remembers and admires our successes from the past and as much as our captain believes in our ability, it has also not been forgotten that our trophy cabinet still echoes eerily in emptiness.

Get published on MyNews24 by sending your letter, story or column to us.
Send us your news photos

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.



Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
31 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Heiné de Waal
Preaching does not help!

If you want to convert people to your opinion, chances are good you will tell them what is wrong or right. Read more...

25 comments 364 views
Growth and Teenagers

An adolescent is a stage where by teenagers become irresponsible and do not listen to their parents. Read more...

1 comments 242 views
Submitted by
Winston Jackson
The Oscar judgment

Forget about the few enlightened informed who always think they know better. You just have to do a survey if you want to prove a point about South Africa's justice system. Read more...

2 comments 386 views
Submitted by
Bheki Dlamini
Skills development versus off-the...

I have been away from this platform for a while now and the recent stats on the country’s youth skills prompted this post. Read more...

11 comments 649 views
Submitted by
hzcummi
The Truth of Genesis: Another App...

Over 4 billion years ago, Yehovah created the Sun, the Moon, other planets, and other solar systems and galaxies.  Read more...

64 comments 1043 views
Submitted by
Lee Grandmaison
Clearing up some misconceptions a...

In debates about GMOs, many people bring up the Farmer Assurance Provision and seem to misunderstand the nature of the act and its effects on lawsuits against biotech companies such as Monsanto.  Read more...

6 comments 278 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.