Though losing in the semis was brutally disappointing, AB and Co proved they certainly aren't chokers.
South African cricket certainly pulled the rabbit out of the hat but they've still got two games to go.
Too much hunger for victory can bruise a team's World Cup mood, but AB De Villiers is upbeat about the team's chances.
Although their strategy appears to be working, the question is, what will they do when it starts going wrong?
The suddenly in-form batting marvel has totally changed the picture, which is not pretty for SA.
The 20 overs of spin and part-time bowling could be costly when the Proteas come up against the strong Indian batting line-up on Sunday.
Neil Manthorp looks into his crystal ball and sees the Proteas producing a clean sweep of group matches before reaching the final in Melbourne.
The fanfare of the Proteas' sendoff was a bit much, but hopefully the actual tournament will see less of an outside world frenzy around the team.
The Proteas' World Cup hopes hinge on fortune allowing their world-class players to keep shining.
The Proteas can use the last matches against the Windies to hone the skills of their reserves.