The Proteas captain, Temba Bavuma, has emphasized that his team cannot afford to underestimate the Netherlands in the upcoming ODI World Cup match. Despite their dominant performances against Sri Lanka and Australia, South Africa is mindful of their previous shock defeat against the Dutch in the World T20 last year.
Reflecting on the loss in Adelaide, where the Proteas failed to chase down a modest total of 158, Bavuma stressed the importance of not being complacent. He highlighted the difference in format and the need to sustain skills over a longer period in the 50-over format.
Although South Africa holds an impressive 6-0 winning record against the Netherlands in ODIs, Bavuma acknowledged the need to respect the opposition. He referenced their emphatic victories earlier this year in Benoni and Johannesburg, which secured their spot at the World Cup.
South Africa, historically falling short at the semi-finals, is determined to make their mark in this year’s tournament. The team has displayed excellent form so far, with Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram all scoring centuries in a record-breaking 428 against Sri Lanka.
However, the Proteas face potential challenges from the weather and the outfield conditions in Dharamsala. Rain is forecasted, and the outfield has been criticized by England captain Jos Buttler and the ICC. Bavuma acknowledged the patchy field but remains hopeful that it will not significantly impact the game.
As South Africa prepares for the clash against the Netherlands, Bavuma emphasized the importance of staying focused and approaching the game with the same mindset as their previous matches. The Proteas are determined to continue their winning streak and make their mark in the ODI World Cup.