South African cricket is bad, weak and in disarray: Fanie de Villers

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-24 14:06:00

imgMUMBAI: South Africa's abject surrender to India in the recently-held series, which saw the visitors going down 0-3, has pained many of their former cricketers.

The latest to express his disappointment at the team's plunging fortunes is ex-South African fast bowler Fanie de Villers, who took 85 wickets in 18 Tests, and 95 scalps in 83 ODIs for them in the 90s.

"For the first time, South African cricket is so bad and weak and in disarray. It is sad that our captain, his teammates and former players are forced to be humble in front of your players, administrators and supporters. It reflects the sad state of where we are in world cricket," De Villiers told TOI from Pretoria on Thursday.

Explaining his point, he said: "You are not humble when you lose after battling hard, but if you are so weak that you know even before tours that you are not good enough and records get broken against you then you as a player become humble in front of your opponents. That is a sad day then for your team and management."

South Africa lost the final Test by an innings & 202 runs at Ranchi earlier this week.

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