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Only way SA can shed chokers' tag is by winning WC: Wessels


NEW DELHI: Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels on Monday stated the only method Proteas can shed the 'chokers' tag is via winning a big ICC tournament like the World Cup starting in the United Kingdom on May 30.

Wessels, South Africa's first Test captain of the trendy technology and their chief in the ill-fated 1992 World Cup marketing campaign, stated his workforce not going as favourites into the World Cup this time can be a blessing in disguise.


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"People will keep calling them chokers until they win an ICC event and rightly so. They were the best team in 1999, still they could not win it," stated Wessels regarding the tied second semifinal towards eventual champions Australia at Birmingham.

"This time, they are not the favourites and that could be a good thing. Not many are expecting them to win so they can slip under the radar and make the semifinals and hopefully things fall in place from there on," he stated via video convention during a promotional tournament right here.

The 61-year-old, who additionally played for Australia, stated South Africa will dearly pass over AB de Villiers in the World Cup. De Villiers announced a surprise retirement from world cricket remaining 12 months.

"AB is a massive factor in any team. Now South Africa will have to rely on Hashim Amla and others to do the job," stated Wessels.

He picked India, England and Australia as his 3 favourites for the World Cup.

"India are a great one-day team and they will be tough to beat alongside England and Australia. England will be a threat but they will be under pressure as hosts."


Talking about India's batting order, particularly the much mentioned number 4 place, Wessels stated he wish to see skipper Virat Kohli transfer himself down to number 4 from 3.


"There could be a situation when India are two down for 10 runs and there Virat can provide that solidity and rebuild the innings. It will not be an easy decision as he has done really well at number three but I would like to see him at four."


While most have predicted a high-scoring World Cup taking into consideration the batting-friendly conditions in the sequence between England and Pakistan, Wessels sees bowlers playing a big position during the 50-over mega tournament.


"June-July will be hot. In the day games, I see teams scoring 300-320 on a regular basis. Conditions and surface will vary from venue to venue but at some point, I do see bowlers having a big say."


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