Former Indian pace bowler S Sreesanth recently commented on defending champion England’s poor campaign in the ongoing 2023 World Cup. While questioning their preparation for the mega event, Sreesanth added that they have not shown enough hunger to win. He said that South Africa, on the other hand, gave England a taste of their own medicine by playing an aggressive brand of cricket.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, Sreesanth said: “It doesn’t look like England have come here to win the World Cup. Right from their first match, it didn’t seem as if they were prepared. That’s how cricket is; they will learn. The fearless cricket that England talk about, South Africa played that kind of cricket and beat them. The kind of cricket that South Africa are playing is admirable. They showed great intent. The last few overs were like a video game, as every ball was being hit for a four or a six.”
Notably, England faced a humiliating 229-run defeat against South Africa in their recent match of the 2023 World Cup. With just one win from four games, they are currently placed eighth in the points table as well. Sreesanth also feels that if South Africa can manage to continue their stunning show in the 2023 World Cup, they have a good chance of reaching the World Cup final.
“South Africa have been named chokers by many. But they have already choked in this World Cup. It’s good that they got that loss early. Historically, South Africa would win matches and then lose in the quarterfinal or semi-final. But I feel they can qualify for the final this time if they continue playing in this fashion. However, I would still say that they can play well on flat tracks, but we saw how they lost to the Netherlands on a good track,” Sreesanth concluded.