SA weren’t thinking about winning: Shastri
Friday September 21, 2007 : South Africa crashed out of the World Twenty20 Championship because they “were not thinking about winning the game” against India, said former India captain Ravi Shastri.
The expert commentator also said that the Proteas had prepared a pitch which he thought “could do more than what the hosts had expected”.
South Africa needed just 125 runs to qualify for the semis, but with five batsmen back in the pavillion in quick succession, the Proteas panicked and finally capitulated.
Shastri was of the opinion that it was the “reputations at stake” that did South Africa in. “India are a young side and there were no reputations at stake. Things were different for South Africa and once the reputations came into play, they got a lot more tentative.”
India now take on Australia in the second semi-final at Durban on Saturday and Shastri said the World Champions do hold the edge. “Australia are still the strongest team because they are in the habit of winning. Look, how they routed Sri Lanka today. But it’s not that they can’t be put under pressure. Twenty20 is a lottery,” he said.
And what about the first semi-final between New Zealand and Pakistan?
“It’s even-stevens there,” he said.