Rajah holds head high after 15 years of losses to Aussies

February 3rd, 2009 - 10:16 am ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Feb 3 (IANS) Fifteen years after first going to Australia with them, South African cricket squad manager Goolam Rajah returned home this week proudly holding his head high in the wake of his side defeating Australia on home turf in both a test and one-day series.”I can’t tell you how nice it is to walk around with your head held high and no longer, like always in the past, head hanging down,” the South African Indian pharmacist told the Afrikaans daily Beeld here.

“With every tour that we undertook to Australia, we left home with the hope in our hearts that we could win. But your common sense told you something else every time.

“We tried our best every time, but it was just not good enough against the outstanding teams that the Aussies had. That gap between us and them was always just too big and with the stars that they had, we could not find a solution to come out on top.”

Rajah said this time round the playing field had been leveled because Australia no longer had their super team and South Africa had fielded a younger team without any of the baggage of the previous players.

Rajah, who is now the logistics manager for the South Africans, said he had never seen a Proteas side that was as confident as the current one: “It’s as if nothing is beyond the reach of this team. They believe so unwaveringly in themselves that is almost scary!”

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