With the World Cup 2019 just around the corner, both the players as well as the experts find themselves in a very stiff position. Everyone is a bit confused on predicting their respective top four teams for the mega event. However, after conceding a massive 5-0 ODI series whitewash, Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga is quite clear with his prediction and he feels that the Proteas have a good chance to qualify for the knockouts stage.
They have match-winners
Ahead of the first T20I against South Africa, Malinga revealed that in a big tournament such as the World Cup, it is very difficult to predict things. He mentioned that it is the performance of a team on the judgment day, which matters the most. The Lankan skipper noted the Proteas have some real good match-winners and fighting characters in their side.
“In the World Cup you never know what can go on. Whoever does best on the day will win. They (South Africa) have good fighting characters and match-winners that the team needs. I think they have a good chance to get into the top four,” quoted Lasith Malinga.
They know how to use their skills
The veteran Lankan fast bowler stated that South Africa has some great pacers in their armory, who have the skills to do well in the English conditions at the World Cup. Malinga also mentioned that the Proteas have some intelligent bowlers, who have the ability to pick up wickets on consistent basis.
“In the World Cup there will be similar conditions and they have very good fast bowlers who are intelligent and have skill. They know who to use that skill, and that’s the important thing. They have wicket-taking options and they have a good bowling unit,” he added.
Earlier, the Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis also mentioned that they are thriving to be better. He revealed that only individual performances cannot help in winning the World Cup. Du Plessis further reckoned that they cannot go into the 2019 World Cup with a mediocre batting line-up.
“Just purely on personal performance, 20s and 30s are not going to win us the World Cup. We can’t have a mediocre batting line-up and one or two guys performing at the World Cup. We need two or three guys every single game to put their hand up,” said Faf du Plessis.