March 17, 2011

World Cup 2011

South Africa’s food for thought

Firdose Moonda

South Africa are not tangled up in the tension of Group B as the league stage nears it’s end, but that doesn’t mean that they want to - or can - stay away from all the stress. While the decisive match between the West Indies and England was playing out, South Africa were in the gym and in a team meeting but they couldn’t help stopping to see the score.

As they were making their way back up to their rooms, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and assistant coach Vincent Barnes stopped at their Dhaka hotel’s coffee shop to check on the score. Chris Gayle was unleashing his thunderbolt 43 and the foursome were in awe. A few muttered about how happy Bangladesh would be if the West Indies pulled through (because a West Indies win would guarantee Bangladesh a place in the quarters).

Minutes later, Morne van Wyk and Colin Ingram strolled through, also with an eye for the latest on the match. The procession continued, oohs and aahs were made and they disappeared into the lift. They were on their way somewhere quite special. The team’s social committee of Morne Morkel, JP Duminy and fitness coach Rob Walter had organised a supper from Nandos for the boys. The fast-food chicken chain is a favourite back in South Africa, the first signs that the team may be missing home.


Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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