'Proteas' dented confidence worrying'

But a sports psychologist says losing now and not being at the top of their game is not the end of the world.

AB de Villiers during the Proteas' World Cup match against India on 22 February 2015. Picture: Twitter via @cricketworldcup.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports psychologist Dr Henning Gericke says the level of confidence the Proteas have after their 131 run loss to India is worrying.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702, Gericke said, "At the end of the day, we know the pool games are just there to work up to a peak. At the end of the day we need to win the pool games… the quarterfinal… semifinal and the final."

He says what's worrying at the moment is the Proteas confidence after losing badly to India on Sunday and also to New Zealand during a World Cup warm-up match.

Gericke says that it won't be good for the psyche of the players but losing now and not being at the top of their game is not the end of the world.

In response to being questioned about the current form of West Indian cricket captain Chris Gayle, who smashed his way to a record 215 runs in one innings, Gericke says he's remaining positive:

The Proteas will play West Indies in their next pool fixture on Friday at 5:30 SA time.