He highlighted the success of the top six batsmen, with everyone contributing a century when South Africa batted first. He commended bowlers Gerald Coetzee and Kagiso Rabada for their outstanding performances throughout the competition.

“Look at the bowlers. Gerald Coetzee has taken 20 wickets, and Kagiso Rabada has been fantastic throughout the tournament. He stepped up in the tournament,” said Steyn.

They finished where they were expected - Steyn

While acknowledging South Africa's achievements, Steyn pointed out the team's regrettable inability to cross the finish line in the crucial semi-final. Reflecting on the chasing aspect, he suggested that it would be an area of contemplation for the team.

"So, when you look overall, South Africa will think that they ticked all the boxes they wanted to but they just did not get over the line in the semi-final. They are going to look back at their chasing," he further added.

Steyn, initially skeptical about South Africa's prospects without Anrich Nortje, acknowledged their turnaround, gaining momentum with three consecutive wins and reaching the semi-finals.

"I did not think that without Anrich Nortje, South Africa were going to make it to the semi-final and 2 games into the series before this World Cup, they did not look very good either. But they won the final three, gained some momentum and came into the tournament. I think overall, they finished where they were expected - semi-finals," concluded the former South Africa pacer.

In conclusion, South Africa's World Cup journey, marked by tantalizing triumphs and a semi-final stumble, showcased both promise and regret. 

Despite the disappointment of not reaching the final, the Proteas can look back at their campaign with pride, acknowledging the hurdles they overcame and the milestones they achieved.