Reflecting on the team’s qualification, Rassie van der Dussen conveyed his belief in the team’s abilities, emphasizing that the Proteas possess a world-class lineup with a versatile squad capable of covering all bases. Even the players who missed out on the final squad are considered valuable assets, capable of filling specific roles when called upon.
Acknowledging the underdog status of South Africa, van der Dussen maintained that it does not diminish their determination. As a passionate and proud cricketing nation, the Proteas are determined to secure a World Cup victory. While talking to IOL, Rassie said:
“I think we will go there as underdogs, but that doesn’t change anything. We go there as a passionate and proud cricketing nation.
“We are going to win a World Cup at some stage. The law of averages tells you that. When that is, we don’t know, but it might as well be in November.”
While uncertain about the exact timing, van der Dussen alluded to the law of averages, suggesting that South Africa’s World Cup triumph may occur in November. However, despite his confidence on the limited-overs stage, van der Dussen’s future in the Test squad remains uncertain.
Omitted from the Test squad earlier this year during the West Indies tour of South Africa, van der Dussen expressed contentment with his performances thus far. He stated that he had been given a fair chance and suggested that it was only fair for other players to be given the opportunity as well.
Considering the infrequency of Test matches, van der Dussen admitted that it might take a year or two for him to reclaim his spot in the Test squad, possibly making him 36 years old by then.
As the Proteas prepare for the World Cup, Rassie van der Dussen’s confidence, coupled with the team’s determination, sets the stage for an exciting competition. South Africa’s direct qualification signifies a significant achievement, and the team aims to translate their potential into a long-awaited World Cup triumph.