. . . It’s funny, I used to be a massive cricket supporter!
I used to be one of those kids who would watch every ball of a 5 day test when I was on holiday and whenever they would break for tea or drinks or lunch I’d go outside and PLAY cricket in the breaks pretending I was one of my heroes on the field.
But since Graeme Smith became captain I hung up my supporters bat and stopped watching cricket altogether. I always thought the reason was because I could not sit back and watch the great game thrown into a pit of arrogance, sloppiness and pitiful under achievement!
I have been cruel on South African cricket over the past few years both written (here are some samples 1 – 2 – 3) as well as verbally, and I stuck to my guns of not watching pretty much a single game since the podgy one took over.
But this world cup had me interested again, I started to watch again and realised that I missed SA cricket just a little. It may have to do with the fact that fat Kallis is slightly thinner, fat Boucher is gone and even Cheeseburger Smith has trimmed down and these combined with the influx of young hungry youngsters has made everyone ambitious for victory again . . .
. . . That was until Sunday afternoon!
I finally realised just why I despise South African cricket so much – it’s because they are losers!
When I was a kid I watched every single ball of the 1992 World Cup until I saw the below picture on my TV screen and spent the next week in my room crying at the cruel cricketing fates . . .
Then in 1999 again when we were cruising ahead and this happened . . .
As if the fact that we couldn’t win a trophy even if the games were FIXED wasn’t enough, it turned out – THE GAMES WERE FIXED (remember Hansies glory) !!
This was the beginning of the end for me! We stuffed up the following world cup hosted in our back yard and limped out of the West Indies! One of those two we even managed to mess up the calculations that THE COMPUTER TELLS YOU so we blocked when we should have run and exited!
Enough was enough and is enough! After Sunday when South Africa had crippled the English innings we took to the field in smug style of old and proceeded to throw away a game we had so far in the bag it was on the conveyer belt into the plane already!
I HATE SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET for one reason and that because they made it too hard to support them (and I know how to support a bad team for a long time – I’m a LIONS supporter (ps on a side note the lions are so bad THEIR WEBSITE won’t even work)). South African cricket has been smug for the last time on my watch and broken my sporting heart once too often that it’s now finally over!
Who knows if this team will pull it together to win this world cup but as far as I’m concerned they don’t deserve to. Maybe one day ill find my way back to South African cricket when the arrogance is but a distant memory (if it ever is) but in the meantime . . .
All that’s left to say is COME ON INDIA!