ICC World Cup: South Africa rope in adventurer to lose chokers' tag

Sydney: South Africa are turning to adventurer Mike Horn for advice on handling pressure moments as the Proteas attempt to shed the chokers' tag ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.

Mike Horn. Pic/Suresh KK
Mike Horn 

Despite being one of world cricket's most powerful teams since returning to the fold in 1991, the sidehas struggled in knockout matches of big international events, including the World Cup.

They were duped in 1992 by rain, heartbroken by a ridiculous run out in 1999 while in 2003 as hosts, they failed to progress past the group stage after miscalculating a Duckworth-Lewis target. In 2011 they lost to New Zealand in the quarters.

Gary Kirsten and Michael Hussey have given their tips but Horn's background is vastly different, feels South Africa coach Russell Domingo. The adventurer was also invited by then India coach Kirsten to speak to the squad during their triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign.

"He's done a lot scarier things in the world than facing Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel, he's done some extreme things," Domingo was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.

"He will put it all into perspective for us over the next couple of days about what pressure and fear's like and being out of your comfort zone because he's been in that situation a lot of times with real life experiences, not just facing a cricket ball."

Horn gave an insight to the advice he gives to elite sports teams.

"I don't lose a match, I lose a life and my commitment is completely different," Horn said.

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