Friday, March 25, 2011

The 6th cut is the deepest

They say time heals all wounds, but sadly after the Proteas’ loss today…the clock was turned back and all the emotions attached to 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003 & 2007 came flooding back.
It truly is a horrible feeling, especially when you know your team (on paper) can conquer everyone. However, cricket isn’t played with stationary; hence it’s out there…in the middle that it counts – not only on the pitch, but also between the ears.
Once again the opportunity was there for the taking, but sadly it was not meant to be. Credit has to go to New Zealand for digging deep and coming out on top. I personally never gave them a chance, especially after the Proteas dominated the group stage (barring the England game). Alas…New Zealand proved that the knockout stage is indeed a different beast and they managed to tame it magnificently.
In all honesty…there’s not much that I can say, as the pain of today’s result is just too much to bear. As such…I’m keeping this post short and “bitter” I‘m afraid. The Proteas had a good ride, but unfortunately…they (once again) lost control of the wheel at a crucial junction.
In the end…it’ll be a welcome relief to watch the rest of the tournament without stress and a lump in my throat *cough* In addition…I can also take comfort in the fact that our two time rugby World Cup Champions…the Springboks, will have a chance to retain their title later this year!
All that’s left now is for another South African (and I’m not referring to some English players here) to win the World Cup – go Gary Kirsten and team India!!!
Sharief ‘Sheriff’ Allie for DieHard Cricket Fans

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