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Reaching semis consistently a huge success: Tahir

South Africa might be known as perennial chokers in major ICC tournaments, but leg spinner Imran Tahir feels it’s a huge achievement for them to make the semifinals of mega events consistently.

The formidable Proteas have often being ridiculed as the perennial chokers of international cricket, having failed to win a world title since their return from apartheid-era ban in 1990, despite making it to the semifinals on a regular basis.

“I think I feel good as a South African player that people say that we always get into semifinal and lose...this is one of the biggest achievements to get into semifinal. Not many teams do that. For me it’s a real achievement,” Tahir told reporters after the team’s practice session at the Brabourne stadium here on Monday.

Tahir said that his team was looking to take it one game at a time in the World Twenty20. “We are looking at every game and take it from there. We work hard and we will get the results,” he said.

South Africa have been doing well in the shortest format of the game, having won eight out of 12 matches and Tahir said they would look to continue the good work. “We have been playing good T20 cricket, we have won eight out of 12 games. Hopefully, we are going to do well in the World Cup,” said the bowler.

The 36-year-old said the Proteas will have an advantage going into the World T20, as they had a successful tour of India late last year. 
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