AB describes loss to India as 'embarassing'
South Africa lost by 130 runs to the World Champions after being bowled out at the MCG with 10 overs to spare.
JOHANNESBURG - Proteas captain AB de Villiers says their quarterfinal hopes have taken a knock after their loss to India at the World Cup on Sunday.
South Africa lost by 130 runs to the World Champions after being bowled out with nearly 10 overs to spare at the MCG.
De Villiers says the loss is a heavy one to take and embarrassing as the team is also one of the biggest in the tournament.
"It's a big knock for us to get beaten by 130 runs. It's almost embarrassing as you don't want to lose by that amount of runs, you almost want to be a competitive team and get a chance to win games. We're going to be licking our wounds for a while before our next game."
De Villiers says their confidence isn't at its best right now but says senior player will have to come to the party come Friday.
"It's not just a loss and say we win few more games and then we will be through to the quarter-finals, it's not about that. your confidence takes a bit of knock with performances like that and it's up to the senior group of players make sure that confidence is still there come Friday against West Indies."
He says they must not let loss affect their mindset, they just need to regroup and sit down to see where they went wrong.
"Little things like today's performance can creep into your game if you start thinking about it too much and if you allow it to knock your confidence down.
"But I feel we are matured group of players and we will regroup like I said before and we will have a chat tomorrow and see what went wrong and have an honest chat about it, and hopefully play some good cricket on Friday."
Meanwhile, former Protea captain Kepler Wessels says South Africa will bounce back with a win against the West Indies in their next match at the World Cup.
Wessels says the Proteas can take heart from how well they performed well against the Windies.
"Well look I think South Africa will go into that match with a lot of confidence. They have just off a very successful series and they beat them comfortably, so they will back themselves to win. And it's a good game for South Africa, they can bounce back and play well."
He says the break between the Proteas games isn't the best thing.
"It's not ideal. I think it's a little bit too much time between games. There was a week between the Zimbabwean match and this one and as you rightly point out now they have five days, so that's not ideal because at tournaments like this you want to play regularly and get momentum.
"But that's just the way it is, it works like that for most of the sides at some point during the event, so you just have to try make the best out of it."