Ottis Gibson has a very cordial relationship with the South Africa media. He is open to the tough questions, and offers up honest answers.
But even he put in a special request ahead of this World Cup for his young players not to be reminded about the Proteas’ greatest “choke” of all time that set in motion a myriad of chokes since.
“Many of them were not even out of diapers,” he quipped.
Sorry Ottis, the temptation was just too much to resist, particularly with the Proteas being back here at the scene of the crime, Edgbaston. And with it being the eve of the 20th anniversary – when Allan Donald was left stranded at the one end of the pitch among a bunch of raucous Australians, it was as expected as the rainfall during this World Cup.
“Do you have any memories of that semi-final, did it have any effect on South African cricket?” was the stinger to Lungi Ngidi.