Former South African cricketer Jacques Kallis has predicted two finalists of the ongoing World Cup 2023. As the tournament progresses, the race between the teams for the semis has intensified.
Kallis feels the final of the marquee event will be played between India and South Africa. He further stated that the hosts are the prime runners for the trophy but they might start to feel additional pressure in the knockout stages.
“I feel it will be an India vs South Africa final. Though India are the favourites to lift the trophy, going forward they might feel the pressure of being the host nation. They are really looking good but in semis it will be a new start for them as well,” said Kallis in a recent interview.
The 48-year-old also turned his spotlight on Australia, who made a remarkable comeback in the league stage after a clumsy start. “Australia can be one of the threats for the both teams, considering their strong comeback after the early defeats,” he added.
Will South Africa lift their maiden World Cup title
South Africa have been going all guns blazing in the tournament. Apart from an upset against the Netherlands, they have been ruthless and expressive. Their side is looking balanced and well-prepared in every department.
The Proteas are currently positioned at No. 2 in the points table with 10 points in six games. They also have the highest net run rate amongst all the teams present in the tournament.
However, it will come down to how they carry themselves in the pressure situations. History says they always find a way to lose in the most crucial stages. To script a fresh story, they would be required to do something really special this time.
South Africa will next lock horns with the Kiwis on Wednesday (November 1) at the MCA Stadium in Pune before battling it out against India and Afghanistan in the league stage.