Deep down, way back in my memory, I recall Dale Steyn bowling the final over of the World Cup on the 24th of March and Grant Elliot slotting him over the boundary rope for six, and us being knocked out. I’ve tried to forget it, but it’s safely filed away, along with 1992, 1999 and 2003.
That was the last time I watched a Protea’s match, which seems like a bizarre situation for a huge fan of South African cricket to find himself in. I’ve always thought that the best way to get over someone or something that hurt you is to go and hangout out with someone or something else, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I watched the Ashes, but it wasn’t exactly thrilling like it was in ’05. All four of the Tests so far have been far too one-sided to make for interesting viewing.
I then saw that our boys had an away tour to Bangladesh. Aside from the fact that the games started in the wee hours and it was monsoon season, it was Bangladesh. Other than a few tweets from Cricket South Africa Tweeting, I didn’t see anyone else mention it. We won the T20s, lost the ODI (yes, we lost to Bangladesh) and both Tests were rained out. And to be honest, who cares?
Our boys are now back home and engaged in a series against New Zealand, and still I have no interest in watching them. Am I the only one? I didn’t even know that the first T20 was on, and I tried to watch the second T20, but ended up switching over to Harry Redknapp in the studio talking about Man City hosting Chelsea in the English Premier League.
Looking at the upcoming fixtures, I see we have three ODIs against New Zealand, before we tour India for five ODIs and four Tests, which then takes us into the Christmas and New Year season where we host England. I think only that tour will get my cricket juices flowing once again. It may be the best Test series we’ve seen in years.
Surely I’m not the only one who can’t muster an interest in cricket at the moment? Am I the only one still pissed off and hurting from the World Cup? I enjoy logging onto cricinfo and looking at our results, but it’s mainly to check in on how the youngsters like Rabada are doing. **Side note – I’m a HUGE Kagiso Rabada fan, and I reckon he’ll get more career wickets than Donald, Pollock and Ntini**
I think until December, I’ll just spend my time watching English football, and of course, the Rugby World Cup.