ICC Champions Trophy 2013: South Africa choked, says Gary Kirsten

Gary Kirsten said that South Africa were expected to perform better in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 © Getty Images

London: Jun 20, 2013

South Africa coach Gary Kirsten said that his side had choked, following their seven-wicket defeat to England in the first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in London on Wednesday.

According to www.icc-cricket.com, Kirsten said, “I think it has happened again to be honest with ourselves. I think we did choke again. At the end of the day, it’s a word that we’ve become comfortable with. It’s a horrible word. It does get used.

“We’ve spoken about it; we’ve been up front about it as a team. We certainly let you are ourselves down today [Wednesday], no doubt. It was very disappointing. I mean, obviously not what we wanted to do. I think we had better expectations of our performances, for sure.

“You know, to be blown away with the bat with the quality of batsmen we’ve got in our batting lineup, I suppose, is very disappointing from that perspective. It’s not something that you would expect.

“I certainly felt we were giving a better batting performance than that, and then we managed to get to 175 to give us something to bowl at through a great innings. But to have quality batsmen like that not being able to make a contribution, it’s disappointing. But, yeah, that’s the way it is,” Kirsten said.

Asked if South Africa are always under pressure in knock-out stages, Kirsten said, “We try different things to go through and stuff like that. But, you know, it’s one of these things. It’s definitely a dark mist that hangs over South African cricket in knock-out events.

“At some point we’re going to have to try to cross the line. It’s going to require some real charisma and some real batsmen to get over the line. It might not be pretty, but at some point we’re going to have to do it to get rid of this mess.”

“It does require an enormous amount of resilience, and maybe certain types of individuals that can do it for us.”