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South Africa ‘nicely cleaned up’ by India: Jonty Rhodes’ hilarious remark after massive defeat

South Africa's enviable record was tarnished after the Proteas had lost to India by 243 runs in the ICC World Cup match in Kolkata.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 5, 2023. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP) (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP)Premium
South Africa's Lungi Ngidi walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 5, 2023. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP) (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP)

India showcased their dominance with a resounding victory against South Africa at Eden Gardens. The Sunday match unveiled India's supremacy with an impressive 243-run win. This marked the biggest World Cup defeat for the South African team.

The Eden Gardens roared as Virat Kohli struck a magnificent century, leading India to a commanding position. Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling was nothing short of spectacular, becoming the first Indian spinner to claim five wickets in a World Cup match. His spell was a masterclass, leaving the Proteas in disarray.

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Meanwhile, legendary South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes posted a hilarious comment on X (formerly Twitter). He posted a photo of his Royal Enfield Hunter and wrote that it had “a lot in common with the Proteas cricket team" after yesterday’s World Cup match. He added: “nicely cleaned up".

Jonty's “savage" comment comes as South Africa had an enviable record before this, winning six of their last seven matches. They had the unique distinction of defeating India in the 2011 World Cup. That victory was etched in cricketing annals. Yet, this time, the outcome was drastically different.

The day's play highlighted a stark contrast. South Africa's performance dwindled to their lowest ever in a 50-over World Cup, 83 runs. This score stands out as a significant dip from their past performances that have dominated most other teams in the tournament.

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India's unbeaten record at World Cup 2023

India continued their exceptional form and remained unbeaten. Days before, they had routed Sri Lanka with ease (by 302 runs), dominated England (by 100 runs) and outsmarted New Zealand (by 4 wickets). The continued excellence by the Men in Blue with both bat and ball is a clear indication of their formidable form.

This victory at Kolkata's iconic venue was not just about the numbers on the scoreboard. It was a statement. It highlighted the gap between India's current cricketing strength and that of their international counterparts.

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 06 Nov 2023, 11:00 AM IST
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