South Africa, which tops the Castrol Index with 190 points, will start overwhelming favourite in its ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final against New Zealand.
It has the right kind of combination that covers all bases. In what is a huge departure from the past, it packs so much variety in its bowling to the point that it can even lay great emphasis on spin bowling. I would imagine leg-spinner Imran Tahir will return to play this important match and make South Africa that much more formidable.
The moot question really is whether South Africa has got the temperament. If you look at how it has fared in the past, it is clear that its teams have been brilliant in the league stages or in five-match series where they have been aware of the cushion of bouncing back even if they lose a game or two. The problem for South African teams has been their showing in knockout stages.
The pressure gets to them when they become aware that if they have a bad day, they can be knocked out. AsRead More »from New Zealand will find it hard to upset balance Proteas