Proteas captain Temba Bavuma was seemingly oblivious to the backlash sent his way over the past few days since the team's Cricket World Cup exit in Kolkata, India.
India captain Rohit Sharma has urged his team to contain their emotions as they prepare for a home World Cup final that represents "the biggest moment" of their sporting lives.
Australia captain Pat Cummins is hoping to silence over 100,000 India fans as his side take on the all-conquering hosts in a tantalising Cricket World Cup final.
Virat Kohli's record-breaking 50th ODI century saw him leapfrog the great Sachin Tendulkar and propel India into a fourth World Cup final following a 70-run win over New Zealand.
SABC Sport looks at five key battles that could define the Cricket World Cup semi-final clash between Proteas and Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Proteas captain Temba Bavuma is cognisant of the sentiment surrounding the current crop of players' potentially ending South Africa's wait for a Cricket World Cup, but guards against any entitlement of a final.