Aussie great Ricky Ponting provides ‘winning formula’ to South Africa for T20 World Cup 2024 final against India

Jun 29, 2024

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Fans around the world are gearing up for the exciting battle as South Africa and India prepare to clash in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 final. Both teams have showcased unbeaten streaks throughout the tournament, setting the stage for an electrifying contest at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday. This much-anticipated match not only pits two cricketing powerhouses against each other but also offers India a chance to end their trophy drought and South Africa a golden opportunity to clinch their first-ever ICC title.

Fans’ high expectations

The build-up to the final has been marked by anticipation and high expectations, with fans from both nations eagerly awaiting the outcome. The Proteas supporters are excited following South Africa’s dominant performance in the semi-final against Afghanistan. A nine-wicket triumph highlighted their formidable form, boosting the confidence of fans who have long awaited an ICC trophy. On the other hand, Indian fans are equally enthusiastic, expecting their team to maintain their perfect record and secure another World Cup title.

Ricky Ponting’s success mantra for South Africa

Amidst the fervor, Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has stepped in to provide South Africa with a ‘winning formula’ ahead of the crucial final against the Men in Blue. Ponting, known for his remarkable big-game experience and two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup titles as a captain, shared his insights with the Proteas. His advice focused on embracing the magnitude of the occasion rather than shying away from it.

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“A lot of teams say, ‘It’s just another game,’ and they try to hide from the magnitude of the occasion, but that’s not helpful. It’s all about embracing it for what it is,” Ponting said on the ICC’s Digital Daily show.

Ponting emphasized the importance of consistent preparation, encouraging the South African players to enjoy their journey while maintaining their undefeated form. His words of wisdom aim to instill confidence and composure in the Proteas as they aim for their first ICC tournament victory, setting the stage for a potential historic moment in South African cricket.

“These players haven’t been there before, so enjoy tonight, enjoy tomorrow. But ensure your preparation remains consistent. They are undefeated up to now, so they don’t need to change anything or try harder. They just need to turn up, be the best version of themselves and their team, and give themselves the best chance. If they do that, they will be hard to beat,” added Ponting.

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