South African Rassie van der Dussen admitted the Proteas are inspired by the Springboks’ success at the Rugby World Cup in France as they look to end their own drought at the Cricket World Cup in India.
“We all saw it (the finale) at 2:30. “We’ve all watched the last three games in the team room and we’re getting a lot of inspiration from them, learning a lot from them, how they approach what they do, what they stand for and the purpose they play for,” Van said the Dussen told Mail Sport.
“And I think Siya (Kolisi) mentioned in a press conference that if you’re not from South Africa, you don’t really understand what it means or what sporting success means to the people back home and to us,” he said -Year-olds -Year-olds added.
Temba Bavuma’s side face New Zealand on Wednesday, four days after their rugby team beat the Black Caps in the Rugby World Cup final in Paris, knowing that a win will almost certainly earn them a place in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup would secure. And Van der Dussen insisted there was no reason why they couldn’t follow in their compatriots’ footsteps.
“We know many of these players personally and the real realization for us is that we are no different,” Van der Dussen said.
Rassie van der Dussen says South Africa’s cricketers have been inspired by the Springboks
Van Der Dussen wants his team to emulate Siya Kolisi’s men and win the World Cup
“Yes, we haven’t won the World Championships yet, but if we do it here it would really be an honor for us to be mentioned in the same sentence as these guys.”
The Proteas have won five of their six games in India so far and have spent time in their team meetings here discussing the similarities between them and the Springboks.
“The Springboks and sport show us what you can achieve as a country when you do things right and do things right,” Van der Dussen said.
“At the end of the day, good things happen to good people and the Springbok team, that’s who they are.”
“They are all hard-working, good South Africans with a real humility and a real hunger to succeed. “And it certainly shows what is possible for a country like ours when you are willing to put differences aside.”