India and South Africa Focus on Present, Not Past, Ahead of T20 World Cup Final

As the T20 World Cup 2024 final approaches, both India and South Africa are focusing more on the present than their histories of knockout heartbreaks. This final marks South Africa’s first appearance in a World Cup final, while India has faced several knockout stage exits since 2014, with only one successful campaign. Despite these past struggles, both teams are determined not to let history affect their performance in the final.

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India’s head coach Rahul Dravid emphasized the importance of moving forward and not dwelling on past failures. “I mean it’s not that the same players have been playing since 1991,” Dravid remarked. “Many players have come and gone. I don’t think that really matters. I can’t speak for any of them. I don’t think players go on keeping the baggage of the past and what has happened in the past. Every day is a fresh day.”

Dravid highlighted the resilience of players and their ability to focus on the present. “Players are very good at moving on from things. I think just as we will move on from Ahmedabad, I’m sure they will not be thinking about history, and it will be a fresh day. Two good teams, two teams I think that everyone will agree are the top two teams in this tournament, two teams that have played the best cricket in this tournament, both South Africa and India.”

On the other hand, South Africa’s captain Aiden Markram acknowledged the excitement and focus within his team after reaching the final. “We were obviously a happy bunch the other night after qualifying for the final, but it’s amazing… I’m sure all teams do it, but straight after that game in the changing-room, you still reflect and you say, guys, we’ve still got one more step to go. So, it’s not driven by coach or by captain. The whole unit sort of feels that and is driven by that.”

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Markram emphasized the competitive spirit of his team. “As general, sportsmen are highly competitive people and nobody would want to lose, and especially not lose in a final. So, I think there’s no sense that the guys are satisfied regardless of the result tomorrow. I think there’s still a massive hunger for us to go out and win tomorrow’s game.”

Both teams have had little time to build up the occasion in their minds due to the tight turnaround between matches. South Africa, having qualified before India, faced a delay in their flight and spent an extra day at the airport. This unexpected situation shifted their focus from the enormity of the final to more immediate concerns, such as managing their luggage and staying mentally prepared.

India, having checked in at Georgetown Airport to fly to Barbados close to the day of the final, has been focusing on individual preparations. “It’s just about all the guys getting into ensuring that physically, mentally, tactically we are ready for the game,” Dravid said. “Those are the things that we can control: that we are fresh, that we have looked after all our niggles if there are any, we have done all our tactical preparation and we are mentally relaxed and excited and looking forward to the game. Those are the things we can control.”

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South Africa, despite not having played in Barbados before, held an optional training session to get accustomed to the conditions. Markram expressed the team’s approach to the final. “You get in a competition like this and things move pretty quickly,” he noted. “You play a game, you get on a plane, you fly, you check in at a new hotel and play your next game of cricket the next day. So, I don’t think there’s too much reflecting that happens. But it’s more the opportunity that we have of being in a final that excites me quite a bit.”

As the final draws near, both India and South Africa are channeling their focus on their preparations and the immediate tasks at hand, rather than dwelling on historical baggage. The stage is set for an exciting clash between two top teams in the T20 World Cup 2024 final.

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As the T20 World Cup 2024 final approaches, both India and South Africa are focusing more on the present than their histories of knockout heartbreaks. This final marks South Africa's first appearance in a World Cup final, while India has faced several knockout stage exits since 2014, with only one successful campaign. Despite these past struggles, both teams are determined not to let history affect their performance in the final.

India's head coach Rahul Dravid emphasized the importance of moving forward and not dwelling on past failures. "I mean it's not that the same players have been playing since 1991," Dravid remarked. "Many players have come and gone. I don't think that really matters. I can't speak for any of them. I don't think players go on keeping the baggage of the past and what has happened in the past. Every day is a fresh day."

Dravid highlighted the resilience of players and their ability to focus on the present. "Players are very good at moving on from things. I think just as we will move on from Ahmedabad, I'm sure they will not be thinking about history, and it will be a fresh day. Two good teams, two teams I think that everyone will agree are the top two teams in this tournament, two teams that have played the best cricket in this tournament, both South Africa and India."

On the other hand, South Africa's captain Aiden Markram acknowledged the excitement and focus within his team after reaching the final. "We were obviously a happy bunch the other night after qualifying for the final, but it's amazing… I'm sure all teams do it, but straight after that game in the changing-room, you still reflect and you say, guys, we've still got one more step to go. So, it's not driven by coach or by captain. The whole unit sort of feels that and is driven by that."

Markram emphasized the competitive spirit of his team. "As general, sportsmen are highly competitive people and nobody would want to lose, and especially not lose in a final. So, I think there's no sense that the guys are satisfied regardless of the result tomorrow. I think there's still a massive hunger for us to go out and win tomorrow's game."

Both teams have had little time to build up the occasion in their minds due to the tight turnaround between matches. South Africa, having qualified before India, faced a delay in their flight and spent an extra day at the airport. This unexpected situation shifted their focus from the enormity of the final to more immediate concerns, such as managing their luggage and staying mentally prepared.

India, having checked in at Georgetown Airport to fly to Barbados close to the day of the final, has been focusing on individual preparations. "It's just about all the guys getting into ensuring that physically, mentally, tactically we are ready for the game," Dravid said. "Those are the things that we can control: that we are fresh, that we have looked after all our niggles if there are any, we have done all our tactical preparation and we are mentally relaxed and excited and looking forward to the game. Those are the things we can control."

South Africa, despite not having played in Barbados before, held an optional training session to get accustomed to the conditions. Markram expressed the team's approach to the final. "You get in a competition like this and things move pretty quickly," he noted. "You play a game, you get on a plane, you fly, you check in at a new hotel and play your next game of cricket the next day. So, I don't think there's too much reflecting that happens. But it's more the opportunity that we have of being in a final that excites me quite a bit."

As the final draws near, both India and South Africa are channeling their focus on their preparations and the immediate tasks at hand, rather than dwelling on historical baggage. The stage is set for an exciting clash between two top teams in the T20 World Cup 2024 final.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram