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CWC 2019: Top-4 teams with the Highest Win to Loss ratio since the 2015 CWC

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#3 South Africa [W/L- 1.807]

South Africa will give their best to lift the trophy
South Africa will give their best to lift the trophy

They may choke in ICC events but there is little doubt that South Africa has always been one of the most consistent sides' over the years and it does not come as a surprise to see them in this list. The semi-finalists of the 2015 World Cup, South Africa registered series wins in India [3-2, 2015], Australia [2-1, 2018], New Zealand [3-2, 2017] before proceeding to whitewash the Aussies [5-0, 2016] and Sri Lanka [5-0, 2019] at home. The Proteas are also one of the two sides' alongside India to beat England in a bilateral ODI series during the period when they came back from a 0-2 deficit to turn the tables on the English side and claim the rubber 3-2 in early 2016 while a 1-5 defeat to India in early 2018 remains the only blemish to their otherwise proud home record.

But similar fragilities of choking under pressure continue to plague South Africa. They bowed out from the Champions Trophy in the group-stage after the de Villiers-led unit succumbed under pressure against India. The Champions Trophy also proved to be the last ICC event for AB de Villiers. The former South African skipper sent shockwaves around the cricket world when he announced his retirement from International cricket last year.

The absence of de Villiers has had a substantial effect on South Africa's batting but their bowling remains imperious as ever. Kagiso Rabada, who made his debut immediately after the 2015 World Cup has emerged as the leader of the pack [106 wickets in 66 games] and along with Lungisani Ngidi [34 wickets in 18 games] and the veteran Dale Steyn [34 wickets in 21 games] form one of the better attacks going into the World Cup, abely supported by the vile Imran Tahir [92 wickets in 60 games].

Since the 2015 World Cup, the Proteas have won 47 of the 74 games that they have played with a W/L ratio of 1.807.