Even as South Africa have been knocked out of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2016, batsman Hashim Amla is confident that the country's top stars are still vying for world cup glory and that they would win one soon. The Proteas won the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, however, they have failed to lift any major silverware since and are yet to win a world cup.
The perennial chokers as they are referred to, have come close to winning one at various stages. Most famous of which was the tied game in the 1999 edition, where Lance Klusener almost took them to the final. They also reached the semi-final of the ICC 2015 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand.
"Well listen, this team will win a World Cup or ICC Tournament at some stage, I think we have won one in 1998," said Amla, as quoted by TheNational. "It's an unfortunate situation that we have found ourselves in, certainly as a team we haven't played our best cricket. Lot of us feel we have few more years left in us, so the Champions Trophy is next year and it would be great if we could make it to the next World Cup, that will be ideal."
"We take it as it comes. As long as you are fit and healthy, scoring runs and the form is good and you want to perform for the team, then you can make it. We haven't had a game where our batting and our bowling has clicked in the same game consistently enough and that has been our biggest downfall," he added.
South Africa have had a disappointing ICC T20 World Cup, failing to perform at important times, so much so that they have been knocked out despite having a game in hand. The Proteas play their final game against Sri Lanka on 28 March at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.