IND vs SA T20 World Cup 2024 final: India or South Africa, who will remove the stain of chokers?

Seven months after coming agonisingly close to winning the ODI World Cup, India have reached the final of yet another global tournament. It raises eyebrows to see a team so dominant in almost every ICC tournament since 2011, yet not winning a single title in 11 years. South Africa, on the other hand, perhaps feel the pain more. The 1992 World Cup semifinal against England broke their hearts for the first time. Then came 1999, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2023. Only one thing remained the same – South Africa not progressing beyond the semifinals.

Many have named them “chokers” and some have started doing the same for India. But what is not well known is India’s ability to reach the knockouts almost every time. Australia have reached the knockouts only once in a T20 World Cup after 2014 and India have failed to reach there only once in this period. After 2014, Australia have made it to the knockouts in a T20 World Cup only in 2021 when they took the trophy home.

For South Africa, this is their first men’s final in a World Cup and they have now reached here on their own. They are where they are because they couldn’t have been there before. It’s not that South Africa weren’t good enough to play finals before, but a few losses and some underwhelming performances from the opposition prevented them from getting there. They now have a direct shot at the title. The only ICC silverware South Africa have is the 1998 ICC Champions Trophy, formerly known as the Knockout Cup.

For India, it could end the wait for over a billion people. It could also take away some of the pain of the loss in the ODI World Cup last year. The game brings joy to so many people that you will now find cricketers in almost every street. But whatever the result, it should not define how these teams have performed in this tournament. They have outplayed their opponents. South Africa was in big trouble in almost every game but found their way to overcome every obstacle. India has dominated in almost every game and outplayed their opponents well to get there. History is at stake and India and South Africa know the importance of this game.

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