Why haven't South Africa won a World Cup yet is one of the biggest riddles in cricket. Every time they have entered the fray - six times in the 50-over format and thrice in the World T20 - they have come up short despite starting among the top contenders.
It won't be any different this time as they again look formidable. And if they play as well as they are capable of and don't have a brain freeze in big games, they could well return home with their first-ever World Cup.What bunches them among the favorites is their balance.
The team, led by the effervescent AB de Villiers, seems to have all bases covered.
While batting looks more than capable, it's the well-rounded bowling, the presence of top all-rounders, and fielding makes them a crack outfit.
You just can't get a better pair than Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel - one bemusing the batsmen with his swing and the other rattling them with his steeply-rising deliveries - bowling in tandem.
Throw in Johan Botha and Robin Peterson to take care of spin, with all-rounders Jacques Kallis, Wayne Parnell and Faf du Plesis ready to lend a helping hand, and you get an attack as good as ever.
Factor in coach Gary Kirsten and the team looks even more dominating. He knows about winning a World Cup, calm frayed nerves and get the best out of his players.