AUS Vs SA: Not Australia!! Carlos Brathwaite Predicts This Team Will Shock The World And Reach The World Cup Semi-Finals

Published - 10 Oct 2023, 05:55 PM

Carlos Brathwaite, ICC T20 World Cup
Carlos Brathwaite with the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo: Twitter)

Former West Indies player Carlos Brathwaite has opened up on South Africa’s chances of qualifying for the ICC World Cup 2023 semi final. In the world of cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup is the pinnacle of competition, where nations vie for glory and cricketing immortality. South Africa, a team with a rich cricketing history but scarred by World Cup heartbreaks, entered the 2023 edition with a newfound determination and resilience under the leadership of Temba Bavuma.

Their journey to this tournament had been marked by ups and downs, but their recent triumph over Australia in an ODI series from 0-2 down had rekindled hopes.

The memories of the 2019 World Cup in England were bittersweet for South Africa. A disappointing campaign saw them finish seventh in the 10-team table, with only three wins from nine matches. The South African cricketing fraternity and fans worldwide yearned for a resurgence, and they sensed it was on the horizon.

This time around, as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 commenced, South Africa was perceived as one of the dark horses that could defy expectations and embark on a remarkable journey. The remarkable turnaround they showcased in their ODI series against Australia, securing a 3-2 victory from being 0-2 down, was a testament to their newfound resilience and fighting spirit.

Carlos Brathwaite Highlights South Africa As ‘The Dark Horses’

In a recent “Mic Up” segment, former West Indies T20I captain Carlos Brathwaite shared his insights into the tournament’s potential contenders. Carlos Brathwaite, a well-respected voice in cricket, identified India, England, and Australia as strong contenders for the semi-finals. These teams boast formidable line-ups and have a history of World Cup success.

However, Brathwaite also highlighted South Africa as a dark horse with the potential to clinch the coveted fourth semi-final spot. He praised the South African team’s skills and their capacity to outperform expectations.

“I think India at home is always difficult. England is still my favorite. I think they have revolutionized the 50-over game and now teams are starting to catch up. But they are the pioneers of how the game is now being played. Australia is always a threat in World Cups. And my head says Pakistan, they’re good enough. But the heart says South Africa,”  Carlos Brathwaite remarked.

South Africa lit up this World Cup after they beat Sri Lanka in their first match of the tournament. They amassed a total of 428/5 against Sri Lanka breaking the world record of the highest team total in the World Cup. Aiden Markram also created a World Record by scoring the fastest century in World Cup history getting to his hundred in just 49 balls.

Indeed, the hearts of South African cricket fans beat with hope and anticipation. This squad, with a blend of seasoned campaigners and emerging talents, appears ready to script a redemption story in the cricketing world’s grandest stage. As the tournament unfolds, all eyes will be on South Africa, the dark horses eager to shine and capture the elusive World Cup glory that has eluded them for far too long.

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