When it comes to big tournaments such as the World Cup, South Africa is perhaps the first team that falls in the list of being counted as favourites almost everytime. But their habit of choking out in the pressure situations has been the big time worry for the Proteas team. They enter every tournament with a pretty quality side that can create history against every single opponent, but somehow, they manage to fall under the barrel at the penultimate moment.
However, as they say, the past needs to left in the past, South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen also reckons that his Proteas team might not be considered as the favourites to win the upcoming 2019 World Cup, but anything can happen on the judgement day.
“I am excited for the World Cup. We don’t go in as favourites, but you never know what can happen,” quoted Rassie van der Dussen.
This year has been unbelievable
Rassie van der Dussen made his ODI debut for South Africa against Pakistan earlier in January this year. In nine ODI played thus far, Dussen has racked up a fabulous tally of 353 runs at a phenomenal average of 88.25. He has smashed five half-centuries with a career-best of 93, which came on debut against Pakistan. His fabulous performances also earned him with a dream opportunity in the South African team for the upcoming World Cup.
“Playing for the Proteas is the stuff that dreams are made of and this year has been unbelievable on a personal front. It’s something I have worked towards for a long time in my career and to finally get there was very satisfying,” Dussen added.
He mentioned that he followed the same process in his debut game as well and was successful. Dussen noted that he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his ODI career.
“When I had the opportunity to wield the willow, I went out there and did what I have always done. I followed the same processes by taking it one ball at a time. My 93 off 101 balls is definitely an early career highlight from an international point of view and I couldn’t have asked for much more,” he furthered.
While speaking on the South African players’ approach in the World Cup, Rassie was quoted as saying, “I can tell you that we are going to give every ounce of who we are as players in an attempt to win the 2019 World Cup. There are very few instances, if any, that are bigger and come with the amount of honour and responsibility than being chosen to represent the country that you love on the biggest stage in the world. I know the support from back home will be unbelievable and that is always inspiring for a sportsman in general.”