South African cricketers struggled to pronounce Thiruvananthapuram© X (formerly Twitter)
The South African cricket team has arrived in India for the 2023 Cricket World Cup and has currently established their base in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The South African cricketers have started training and will play a Cricket World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand on Monday. However, it is the name of the city that left few players scratching their heads and their struggle to pronounce ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ was captured in a video that went viral on social media.
In the video shared by politician Shashi Tharoor, most South African cricketers struggled to get the pronunciation correct and came up with hilarious sounding words. However, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were able to pronounce the name correctly.
Heinrich Klaasen failed to get the name right several times and finally decided to learn the old city of the name: Trivandrum. ‘The South Africans have arrived in Thiruvananthapuram! But can they tell anyone where they are?,” Tharoor captioned the video on X (formerly Twitter).
The South Africans have arrived in Thiruvananthapuram! But can they tell anyone where they are? pic.twitter.com/N9LnyVLVH9
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 1, 2023
The World Cup warm-up match between South Africa and Afghanistan in Thiruvananthapuram was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday.
Heavy rain frustrated both sides, who now have a warm-up to get plans in order before the tournament starts next week.
The Proteas, whose captain Temba Bavuma had to travel home for family reasons, will be hoping the weather improves in Thiruvananthapuram before their final warm-up against New Zealand on Monday.
Bavuma is expected to be back in the squad for South Africa’s opening match of the tournament against Sri Lanka in Delhi on October 7.
Afghanistan has a final warm-up against Sri Lanka in Guwahati on Tuesday before the tournament against Bangladesh begins in Dharamshala, also on October 7.
(With AFP inputs)
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