With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on the horizon, South Africa has once again positioned itself, ready to challenge all contenders.

As they prepared for their second warm-up match against New Zealand in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, October 02, the Proteas decided to tackle the tongue-twisting challenge of pronouncing ‘Thiruvananthapuram.’ Laughter echoed as South African cricket stars like David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, and Heinrich Klaasen valiantly attempted to articulate the Indian district’s name, resulting in a delightful bout of linguistic gymnastics that had everyone in stitches.

South Africa’s opening warm-up match against Afghanistan was a washout, leaving them eager to test their mettle against New Zealand for final preparations. Led by Temba Bavuma, they kick off their campaign against Sri Lanka on Saturday, October 07, at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Despite numerous near misses, South Africa has yet to secure their maiden ICC Cricket World Cup victory. Their journey has been marred by heartbreak, including a peculiar rain rule exit in the 1992 semis, a devastating tie with Australia in the 1999 semis, and a loss to Australia in the 2007 final.

They faced quarterfinal exits in 1996 and 2011, while New Zealand ousted them in thrilling semis during the 2015 edition. As they gear up for the upcoming tournament, the Proteas are determined to break the drought and clinch the coveted trophy.

Last Updated on October 2, 2023

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