Or maybe they just had a reputation to maintain.
Even if you go to their now-extensive back catalogue of capitulations in the matches that matter, you would struggle to find one as shocking as this. "So is the same for South Africa, as well".
On whether he still wants to play in 2019 World Cup... I thought it had shed the choker's tag, but I was clearly wrong.
That he is emotionally exhausted became evident when asked about how his team would prepare for the next World Cup. You have to sometimes say things that hurt. But that's where it all started. That defeat meant that India, who won the title in 2013 under MS Dhoni, needed to beat South Africa to qualify.
Many expected what was a virtual quarter-final between India and South Africa to be a game which would end with a nail-biting finish.
Most probably, the fact that the Sunday's match was a do-or-die one made their knees shake. Apart from du Plessis, other senior players including Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock along with the talented pacer Kagiso Rabada have also been handed a rest.
INDIA qualified for the semi-finals of Champions Trophy 2017 in great fashion after beating South Africa in an eight wicket win at the Oval.
"If you see the history of Pakistan cricket from there till now, we're always unpredictable", he said.
The cliche that you can never be sure which Pakistan team will turn up is one the current side have embraced at this tournament.
Now people fear the Indian opening.
In-form opener Dhawan was the key figure with 78 from 83 balls, including 12 fours, while captain Kohli weighed in with a typically elegant 76.
Indian Premier League star Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way with two wickets and 23 runs conceded in 7.3 overs, good for an economy rate of just 3.06.
"I did not expect South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side team, to choke yet again".
Du Plessis will return to the United Kingdom for the ensuing four-Test series against England in a straight swap back with de Villiers, who's on a self-imposed break from the longest format. The fielders did not go after the ball with zeal and let India snatch runs.
"At the worldwide level, the margin for error is always minimal, and South Africa did not play the big moments well". ".And we've seen from its record at tournaments previously that it nearly revel in the pressure of those occasions", he said.