South Africa's Cricket World Cup Defeat in Memes as Proteas and Bavuma Stumble Again

South Africa's Cricket World Cup Defeat in Memes as Proteas and Bavuma Stumble Again

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 17, 2023 at 10:48 AM
  • Temba Bavuma captained South Africa to their latest Cricket World Cup exit
  • The Proteas were defeated again in the semi-finals of the cricket showpiece
  • SA's latest defeat marks 31 years of heartache summed up by many memes

Of all South African World Cup chokes, 2023 has been the most meme-worthy.

The Proteas had set the tournament alight and had beaten their semi-final opponents by 134 runs a few weeks ago.

Since 1992, South Africa has invariably been tournament favourites, but every time they have left their nation in tatters.

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Heinrich Klaasen was bowled midway through the fightback that ended in another Cricket World Cup exit for South Africa. Photo: Gareth Copley.
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Temba Bavuma won the toss and while selecting to bat, mentioned he was not fit but would still be playing.

Few can only guess why such a risk would be taken at a crucial stage and the Proteas captain's edge to Josh Inglis on the fourth ball of the first over summed up his World Cup.

The rest of the top order had been outstanding throughout the tournament but sadly crumbled at the defining moment.

David Miller's 101 gave Proteas and their longsuffering fans hope but his dismissal, straight after hitting a six to go past three figures, was indicative of the Proteas' batting lineup.

Barring Bavuma, each of the top order batsman had hit a century or more 100 or more. Following a roaring celebration, each lacked enough composure to get to the career-defining score just on the horizon.

Chasing 212, Australia came out guns blazing and David Warner rode his luck until Aiden Markram dismissed him with his first off-spinner of the match.

Markram, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Gerald Coetzee were finding good lines and the game began to tighten as Australia was feeling the heat of Protea fire.

Australia took the sting out of proceedings and managed the final moments to book a spot in the final against India.

Quinton de Kock's final moment as a Protea was a dropped catch off Markram that added another chapter to South Africa's sad Cricket World Cup story.

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Australia and India are both multiple-time winners and will compete for the 2023 crown.

The contest to crown the best in the cricketing world was first played in England in 1975.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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