Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Credits: BCCI Twitter)

Last Update on: October 28th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

It is not easy to be in the shoes of South African captain Faf du Plessis. The Proteas was obliterated in the three-match Test series against India. The hosts were too good for the visitors and gave them no chance in the series. In fact, it was all one-way traffic in the series and India ticked the right boxes.

India defeated South Africa by a margin of 203 runs in the first Test. The hosts were able to increase their domination as they thrashed Faf du Plessis-led side by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test. Furthermore, the margin of loss increased more in the third Test as Proteas lost by an innings and 202 runs. Thus, it was all agony for the visitors in the three-match Test series.

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Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. (Credits: Twitter)

Nothing went right for South Africa.

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis also didn’t have the rub of the green on his side as he lost all the three tosses. Consequently, Virat Kohli decided to bat first in all the three matches and there was no stopping the potent Indian side after toss advantage.

“Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark, and when Day 3 starts, you’re under pressure.” said a frustrated du Plessis, outlining India’s winning blueprint throughout the series.

“It was like copy and paste in every Test match. (If the toss is done away with in overseas Tests) then away teams will have a better chance. In South Africa, I don’t mind that. We bat on green tops anyway.”

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis believes that the team needs to make use of the experience of the former players. The skipper added the team can benefit from the experience of former players but to finance them has been an issue for Cricket South Africa.

It Was Copy And Paste In Every Test Match - Faf du Plessis On India's Tour
Faf du Plessis. Credit: BCCI

“It’s obvious that we need to make more use of ex-players, but it also comes with challenges. I suppose it always comes down to finance. I know for a fact that we have tried to get them involved, but the financial thing is a hurdle. We need experience in the team right now and that comes from ex-players.”

“The most important thing right now is clarity. Someone needs to make decisions, the director of cricket first and then filter down so that everyone else can make decisions.”

Faf du Plessis had also added that he is the right man to lead South Africa. The Proteas don’t have experience under their belt and it would take them some time to rebuild their team. South Africa will next host England in the four-match Test series.

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