Flying under the radar, a new South Africa

This time last World Cup, South Africa were already hurting from losses to England and Bangladesh. In 2015? One win and one defeat. If there is ever an anthology of assuring World Cup starts, this one should rank up there, along with 2011, 1999 or 1996. In the greater context of winning the World Cup, starts don’t and shouldn’t matter. But we are talking about South Africa, occasionally wrecked by nerve if not the strangest of mathematical calculations, in a long list of spectacular failures. So, every win matters.

Flying under the radar, a new South Africa

Flying under the radar, a new South Africa

At this point during the last World Cup, South Africa was already feeling the sting of losses to both England and Bangladesh. Contrastingly, in 2015, they had secured one victory and suffered one defeat. If there were to be a collection of World Cup beginnings that inspire confidence, this one would undoubtedly rank highly, alongside 2011, 1999, or 1996. In the grand scheme of winning the World Cup, one might argue that the initial performances shouldn't hold much significance. However, when it comes to South Africa, a team known for occasional nerves and a history of bewildering mishaps, every victory carries weight.

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