Grip each game by the throat; don’t choke

2011-02-19 10:42

As the Proteas take on the world at the 10th ICC Cricket World Cup, the whole country – all 49.9 million plus of us – will be holding its breath.

Just one appeal to our ­beloved team: please don’t choke this time.

Or as one colleague put it, if you do choke, please do so during the opening match on Thursday, and go on to win all your following matches until the final on April 2. One has lost count of the times we have been assured that the team has overcome its ugly “chokers” tag.

There is a new one this time around, that at least the Proteas are going into the tournament as underdogs rather than one of the favourites.

However, it is highly unlikely that the ­opponents will take lightly a team that has one of the best batsmen in the world in Hashim Amla and the second most ­respected bowler globally, Morne Morkel.

Given this, City Press’ advice to our beloved team is to go out there and consider every match as a final.

This positive approach will ensure that when Graeme Smith bows out as the captain of the ­limited-overs version of the game, he does so at the top of the world.

What’s better than bowing out as the captain of a World Cup-winning team?

It’s been far too long since we’ve celebrated a big cricket victory.

Just as we said during the ­soccer World Cup: Ke Nako!

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