South Africa captain AB De Villiers was left ruing mistakes in the Champions Trophy.
South Africa captain AB De Villiers was left ruing mistakes in the Champions Trophy. Rui Vieira

Defiant De Villiers defends captaincy

AB DE Villiers says he is the man to lead South Africa to a World Cup win despite another humiliating exit from a global one-day tournament.

The No.1 ranked team in the world lost by eight wickets to India at The Oval after a batting collapse - including three run-outs - saw them finish 191 all out.

India chased down the total with 12 overs to spare with skipper Virat Kohli (76no) and Shikhar Dhawan (78) both hitting 50s.

The defeat kept South Africa's choker's tag in tact but De Villiers, who scored only 20 in three games, defiant.

"I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe," De Villiers said.

"I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward.

"There's more than enough talent and we've just got to get it right when it matters most."

The loss to India was another major disappointment after a number of failures from seemingly winning positions in the past.

South Africa started well and moved to 1-116 after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over.

De Villiers, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, is focused on the 2019 World Cup.

"Not a lot of people believe that but I think that (winning a tournament) is not that far away," the 33-year-old said.

"It is very difficult to sell it on this kind of performance but that is what I believe in. We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most."

India joined England and Bangladesh in the last four and will know their semi-final opponents after the final Group B game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Monday.