ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rassie van der Dussen feels South Africa have 'strong chance', says his team has got world class players

South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen exuded confidence in his squad saying they have got 'world class' players and, consequently, have a really strong chance of winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup set to begin on 30 May.

Asian News International, May 25, 2019 14:39:11 IST

Dubai: South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen exuded confidence in his squad saying they have got 'world class' players and, consequently, have a really strong chance of winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup set to begin on 30 May.

"In terms of our chances as a team, we have match-winners right up and down the line-up. We're not favourites in this tournament, which is probably the first time in a while that we don't enter as out-and-out favourites, but we are going to look to use that to our advantage and I think we have a really strong chance," ICC quoted Dussen as saying.

Dussen is looking forward to performing well himself on the 'biggest stage in the world'. Reuters

Dussen is looking forward to performing well himself on the 'biggest stage in the world'. Reuters

"We've got world class players in Faf (du Plessis), Dale (Steyn), JP (Duminy), Imran (Tahir). There are so many," he added.

Sticking to his approach of taking one game at a time, Dussen is looking forward to performing well himself too on the 'biggest stage in the world'.

"I've been playing a while now, and if a year or two ago you had said to me I'd be here, then I would have expected a lot to happen in that time.

"You see it as a possibility, it's always been a dream and goal to represent my country, let alone in a World Cup. I'm really honoured to be here and looking forward for it to start. This is the biggest stage in the world and that's where you want to perform," he said.

"I've played a few games for South Africa now, and the last two years have been good for me form-wise. My basic concept was to take it a game at a time and be at your best every moment and every ball. I'm going to try and keep that going, and whether the stage be big or not, the fundamentals of the game stay the same," Dussen added.

South Africa won their first warm-up game against Sri Lanka by 87 runs and will now face West Indies for their second warm-up game on 26 May before heading to the World Cup where they will face England in the opening match of the premier tournament on 30 May.

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Updated Date: May 25, 2019 14:39:11 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254