South Africa failed to defend 229 against England in their first match of ICC T20 World Cup 2016  © Getty Images
South Africa failed to defend 229 against England in their first match of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

After being knocked out of the ongoing World Twenty20 tournament in India, South African coach Russell Domingo has admitted that he is puzzled by his side’s poor performance on the big stage. The Proteas’ hopes of winning their first international title were dented after they suffered a three-wicket defeat at the hands of West Indies in their third group match at Vidarbha Cricket Stadium in Nagpur. However, Faf du Plesiss’s side signed off their World T20 campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their dead rubber contest in Delhi. ALSO READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Dale Steyn is not thinking of retiring out of any format, says Faf du Plessis

Domingo admitted that his side were failing to play well in the big tournaments, but urged the cricket fans to understand that his team had lost some key players in last few years,Sport24 reported. Domingo, whose current contract expires in April 2017, also expressed his desire to continue as the Proteas coach and achieve big thing with the team.

Apart from their Champions Trophy victory in 1998, South Africa have never bagged a major ICC tournament title since their post-apartheid return in 1991. ALSO READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Faf du Plessis says going back to South Africa is bittersweet

South Africa were one of the favorites coming into the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. They were placed into a group which also consisted of West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Their campaign started of with a shock loss to England, who chased down a record 230. They received a bit of respite in their next game, beating Afghanistan by 37 runs to keep their hopes of semi-final qualification alive. But in their next game, hopes of qualification vanished, as they lost a close thriller to West Indies. The Proteas finished their campaign with a win against Sri Lanka.