World Cup 2019: Gibson rues non-performance of experienced players

South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson also pointed out that by not putting enough runs on the board hurt the team.

South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson having a chat with captain Faf du Plessis.   -  Reuters Photo

South Africa coach, Ottis Gibson’s contract ends in September this year. But after the team's dismal show in the ongoing World Cup, the coach clarified that he hasn't heard anything about an extension.

“My initial contract was from September 2017 to September 2019. So, let’s see what happens then,” Gibson said after South Africa’s four-wicket defeat against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

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With its hopes of making the semifinals almost dashed, Gibson indicated that the team’s next target would be to sign off on a high. “There are quite a few guys who are playing their last World Cup, they would like to leave the world stage on a strong note. The youngsters will play in future World Cups, so they will also like to make a statement,” Gibson said.

Talking about the team’s defeat against New Zealand, Gibson admitted that they needed more runs on the board.

“We haven’t been able to put runs on the board. Had we put up more runs, results would have been different. When you look across the World Cups in the past, when the teams have won, their experienced players have performed. Our experienced players haven’t stood up,” the coach said.