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ICC T20 World Cup 2012: AB de Villiers surprised by India’s strategy

ICC T20 World Cup 2012: AB de Villiers surprised by India's strategy

South African skipper AB de Villiers admitted that the team choked at crucial moments against Pakistan © Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Colombo: Oct 4, 2012

 

South African skipper AB de Villiers is surprised by India’s decision to play just one spinner in their last match of the Super Eights of World T20, which was a must win for the former world champions to qualify for the semi finals.

 

De Villiers said, “I was quite surprised as I had expected another spinner to play. That’s probably the way they read the situation and the conditions. It got them a win, you can’t fault that.

 

“You can’t say they made a bad mistake but I was expecting an extra spinner. On this kind of a wicket and especially after watching the previous game, I thought they would play the extra spinner.”

 

South Africa was already eliminated before facing the Indian team in the Super Eights but De Villiers asserts that to play for the national team is always an inspiration.

 

“Obviously we knew what the story was before we went out but every time I put this [South African] shirt on, it’s a huge honour,” said the South African captain. “We gave it our best again tonight and unfortunately weren’t good enough. I will have to get back home and clear my mind before I start taking any learning out of this tournament.” 

 

The Proteas were one of the favourites to win the World T20 but their failure to qualify for the semi finals has surprised many.

 

De Villiers has a simple explanation for the same. He was quoted BCCI’s official website as saying, “We just didn’t play good cricket. It started against Pakistan where we got ourselves into a winning position and then somehow managed to find a way to lose that game.

 

“We still didn’t give up hope after that, worked really hard and came back against Australia. We just got beaten by a better unit on that day. 

 

“We tried hard again today but just never clicked in this tournament. We did all the preparation, fought really hard. It’s hard to put a finger on any one thing; we just played poor cricket right through. It is very disappointing, especially with all the support we got. We really felt very well supported throughout the tournament and to disappoint everyone, it hurts quite a lot.”

 

The South African captain admitted that the team choked in the crucial game against Pakistan.

 

He said, “During the big and the pressure moments, when it really mattered, we were found wanting, especially in that Pakistan game. We should have closed that game. We choked and that’s a simple fact. We have got to go back and become a better team. “

 

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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012: Match time table with group details 

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Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

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Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

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Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

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Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

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