In the last seven days though, they have now beaten Pakistan in Adelaide and now South Africa by a massive 130 runs in Melbourne today to complete a stunning turnaround. The Men in Blue are now looking good.
Almost by right, a World Cup ought to have a team deemed clear favourites to lift the trophy. In 2011, co-hosts India and Sri Lanka were the anointed ones, and they did meet in the final, with the former clinching their second title. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia were the obvious choice and they didn’t disappoint.
With the World Cup now almost upon us, all the cricket pundits, analysts and the Cricket World team are telling us who they think will win the coveted trophy. Prithvijit Roy gives us his predictions in more detail.
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that South Africa are one of the favourites, if not the favourites, to win the World Cup this year. With an almost Harlem Globetrotters like squad, South Africa possess an all-round team that most countries could only dream of having.
‘Precocious’. Prodigy. Words used for unbound talent surprisingly beyond age, beyond the age one is born into. Then there are players like AB de Villiers whose abilities push even the definitions of such words.