Glamorgan left-hander Colin Ingram has tipped the Proteas for ICC Champions Trophy success this summer.
Ingram, who hit a career-best 142 against Essex at the weekend, turned out for South Africa when the Champions Trophy last in 2013’s edition.
Russell Domingo’s side is currently the No 1 side in the world ahead of Australia.
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Ingram pinpointed Quinton de Kock and skipper AB de Villiers as the key men in potentially propelling the Proteas to the title.
“I’m excited for this year’s Champions Trophy. I see it as a mini World Cup and it’s a great bridge between World Cups,” said Ingram, who joined Glamorgan in 2015.
“I rate South Africa’s chances really highly. I think we’ve got an organised side with some really big players.
“I really like the brand of cricket they are playing at the moment, so I think they can do well.”
Ingram, who averaged 32 in 31 ODIs, scored a 63-ball 73 four years ago against the West Indies in a game that helped South Africa squeeze into the semifinals.
“Obviously, my international cricket days are over now, but I still follow the side closely and I would really like to see them get off the board,” he said.
“Over the last couple of years, the trophy cabinet has looked a bit barren recently, so I want to see them do well and go on to win it.”
South Africa’s outing in that semifinal in 2013 wasn’t a particularly nice one.
England triumphed by seven wickets to book their spot in the final after the Proteas collapsed to 175 all out.
Gary Kirsten, South Africa’s coach at the time, was actually the first mentor to admit afterwards that the side might have a problem with choking in big games.