Impressive performances from the Pakistan bowlers helped their team level five-match ODI series 2-2 against South Africa. While Pakistan will go into the series-decider with full of confidence, the host, on the other hand, isn’t looking too worried and will play the game like any other one-day international.
"You don't want to make it any bigger than it is. It is obviously a big game but sometimes when we do make it a big thing we don't always bring our best as a team. For me, it is about freeing up the guys and to allow them to go out there and express themselves in any way they want.” Proteas skipper Du Plessis told the reporters.
Meanwhile, Du Plessis also picked his favourites for the World Cup, to be held later this year. According to the skipper, India and England are the ideal contenders to win the World Cup.
"It is pretty clear that England and India are the two favorites," Faf said. England and India are ranked no.1 and no.2 in ICC Men's ODI team rankings. After the 2015 World Cup disaster, England have completely changed its approach towards 50-overs format. They play the game in a bold and audacious manner while the Men in Blue, who were finalists in the 2017 Champions Trophy have been consistent performers in ODI cricket for last few years.
Given the history of South Africa in the World Cups, Du Plessis and Co. will go into the tournament as the underdogs. However, no team would take them lightly considering the firepower it boasts of.
“When opponents look at us now, we are not the strongest team. But when a South Africa team goes to the World Cup, the chat in the media starts, even the opposition starts to chat!”
“We will go with a little bit less pressure on us as a team in terms of the expectation of winning it,” he added.