Will South Africa shed ''chokers'' tag?

S S Ramaswamy

Mumbai, Feb 10 (PTI) With botched campaigns in everyWorld Cup behind them, South Africa would be eager to get ridoff the "chokers" tag hanging around their neck like analbatross in the mega event.

The first time the Proteas were seen in a World Cup wasin 1992, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, but a bizarrerule to decide on rain-affected ties knocked them out at thesemifinal stage against England.

Since then South Africa have been trying hard totranslate their ability on the cricket field into somethingtangible in the form of cricket''s biggest prize but have beenunable to do so.

After missing the mark in five editions, including theone held at home eight years ago, Graeme Smith and his teamhave landed in the sub continent to try and make up for thelost opportunities in the past.

The team has, arguably, the second-best batting line-upin the world after India''s, but as it has often been seen inCup history that is not a sure-shot insurance for winning thecoveted title.

Smith and his men would be striving hard to shed the"underachievers" tag and can take inspiration from Spain whofinally bagged football''s biggest prize on South Africanterritory last year after years of frustration. (More) PTI SSRVKV PM

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