“They (the Proteas) have a fear of failure, it’s so obvious,” remarks the former Proteas opening batsman.
While a number of former Proteas players have distanced themselves from the negativity surrounding the performance of the national cricket team, Gibbs is open to sharing his thoughts on
“They (the Proteas) aren’t the best under pressure. It’s as simple as that. We need players who enjoy playing under pressure and (do) not buckle, and unfortunately that is something that we don’t have.”
The Proteas’ inability to handle pressure was evident last Sunday, when they succumbed to an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat against
The Proteas crumbled from 116/1 to 191 all out in good batting conditions at The Oval in
Gibbs isn’t surprised by the Proteas’ inability to deal with a high-pressure game. “The truth lies in the statistics at ICC competitions. If that doesn’t improve, we will never win one. If pressure doesn’t bring out the best in you, nothing will.”
But Gibbs isn’t convinced. “People are too optimistic about us in ICC competitions. The players’ stats in these tournaments are not great. I don’t know why anyone thinks we’ll do well in tournaments like these.”
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“Virat Kohli is far better at dealing with pressure than AB de Villiers. That’s where Virat is a class above. He can handle pressure, and stats don’t lie.
“During my time as a cricketer, I thrived from playing in high-pressure games more than anything else. The big moments brought out the best in me.”
Gibbs, who still holds the record as
If ever the proteas needed to justify their no1 ranked status,today is the day! Cometh the hour,cometh.....— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) June 11, 2017
“We have one or two world-class bowlers and batsmen, but unfortunately there’s no depth in our cricket anymore, so they have to choose the same group of players over and over. I see so many naive comments that people make about the Proteas. They clearly have the wool over their eyes, and are scared to say it as it is.”
Gibbs is critical of Proteas captain AB de Villiers for his poor performances and lack of commitment to the national team.
Former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince also took to social media to voice his dismay at De Villiers’ poor performances in
On Sunday, Prince tweeted: “Perhaps it’s time that @OfficialCSA dictates to players when they may have the honour of representing this country instead of the other way round.”
Gibbs agrees. “There is nobody bigger than the game. We have a player who dictates when he wants to play and when he doesn’t want to. It shouldn’t be that way.”
Former South African captain Graeme Smith says he was disappointed to see the team knocked out so early in the ICC Champions Trophy. The players “have been missing that spark, or that intensity to their play that characterises
Smith could see the “panic creep” into the dressing room and out in the middle during the crunch game against
“It’s the team’s approach that has been the missing ingredient. Since the team started against
“Whereas I’ve grown so used to the free-flowing, often powerful starts to our batting, on Sunday it was slightly timid, and that led to a position where you could almost see a panic creep into our play,” Smith wrote.
Despite the criticism, he believes this squad is still one of the best the country has ever produced. “I still believe this to be a wonderful short-form side, with very few, if any, weaknesses,” says Smith.
“It just hasn’t happened on the field, especially with the bat, and I know that those players will be hurting.”