Calcutta: AB de Villiers acknowledged on Saturday that South Africa have ‘choked’ in previous world events but believes his side will be competitive in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The South Africa captain believes the tournament is wide open in terms of potential winners.
Speaking to the media, following their arrival in Colombo on Friday, de Villiers said: “There are lots of favourites and lots of really good teams. As we all know, Twenty20 cricket takes one or two overs to turn a game around. I think all the teams stand a really good chance, but I do rate our chances high of doing well at this tournament.
“We have worked really hard and we have come in with fresh mind and a lot of hunger to succeed in this tournament.”
South Africa comes into the ICC World Twenty20 on the back of a successful tour of England, although they drew a rain-affected T20I series 1-1, which de Villiers thinks provided useful preparation.