With the World Cup around the corner, many people are talking about the fitness of the team. The same is reckoned by the Ottis Gibson, the coach of the South Africa’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign. He said that Dale Steyn and Kasigo Rabada are on track to be fit for the upcoming World Cup 2019. The pace spearhead, Rabada came home early from his outing in the IPL 2019. It was done as a precautionary measure by the Cricket South Africa ahead of the World Cup. Even Dale Steyn was also sent back home after his shoulder flared up. Other South Africa players, who have suffered through the injury issues, are Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje.
There was an issue with KG and Dale says Gibson
Talking to the reporters about the same, Gibson said that KG and Dale had an issue with their health but now he feels that the bowlers are on the right track for the World Cup 2019. “There was an issue with KG (Rabada) and there was an issue with Dale, but we feel that those guys are on track. There is nothing that people should be alarmed about. We feel that they’re going to make full recoveries and be able to take their place at the World Cup.”
Faf du Plessis’ previously bided his deal to win the World Cup for the country. South Africa has reached the semi-finals four of the seven times but has been eliminated those many times.
We’re not taking any of it into the World Cup with us says Gibson
Gibson also said that he was hired by the CSA to help them win the World Cup and he is confident that the past will not hang over the current team. “What’s gone on in the past is gone. We’re not taking any of it into the World Cup with us. We’re going in with it being a new adventure for us. We’ve got a lot of guys who are playing their first World Cup and we want to make it special for them. We don’t want to put too much pressure on the fact that it’s a World Cup,” he said.
He further said, ““At the end of the day, we’re playing the same cricket that we did against Sri Lanka a couple of months ago and Pakistan before that. We’re not building it up to be anything other than what it is, it’s still cricket. It’s a fresh start for us. We’re going to the World Cup together and it’s my first time with the team.”
South African World Cup squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris