"Our plans were...."- SA head coach Mark Boucher opens up after sucking defeat vs Netherlands
As a result, South Africa has been knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 after suffering a 13-run defeat at the hands of the Netherlands. This came certainly as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game and certainly the biggest win for Netherlands in their history.
South Africa, who entered the tournament as the favourites to win the title, started their campaign with two good wins against Bangladesh and India. But their tournament ended with the biggest disappointment, and their reputation for losing the plot at the wrong time has carried on.
South Africa's loss helped Pakistan advance to the semi-final of the tournament with their win against Bangladesh. However, in the post-match presentation, South Africa's head coach Mark Boucher opened up about the loss and said that it was just hard to digest for all the players and team members.
He stated that they could not execute the plans, perhaps because it was an early game on Sunday and they couldn't discuss the plans, and that is why the players were seen as low in energy.
He said, "When we woke up. I think if you look at the way that we started the game, our energies were low. Haven't had a chance to speak to the guys yet and find out where they sort of feel it went wrong. I think our plans were there, but we didn't quite use them well enough."
Batting first, the Netherlands gave South Africa a target of 159 runs, and in reply, the Protes fell 13 runs short of the target. Especially when the Dutch were batsmen, Colin Ackermann started it; he took Kagiso Rabada apart and hit him to all parts of the world.
Notably, this was the last match for Mark Boucher as the head coach of South Africa. He will now join the IPL's Mumbai Indians as a head coach. Furthermore, Boucher said that it was unfortunate that South Africa had to end the tournament like this and that everyone in the dressing room is disappointed.