RCB vs GT: "There Is A Role Of Being The Father Figure" - Faf Du Plessis Speaks On His Relationship With The Young RCB Players

Updated - 21 May 2023, 08:25 PM

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Faf du Plessis, the skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has expressed his commitment to his multifaceted role within the team.

With exceptional batting performances, Faf Du Plessis has been leading by example and currently sits at the top of the IPL 2023 batting charts with 702 runs and eight half-centuries in 13 matches. His aggressive approach has set the tone for the young RCB side, who are on the cusp of making it to the playoffs.

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Having joined RCB in 2022, Faf Du Plessis has embraced the responsibility of being both a mentor and a leader for the team this season. In a recent episode of RCB Bold Diaries, he shared his thoughts on his dual role, emphasizing his dedication to nurturing the squad’s younger players while being a role model as the team’s captain.

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In terms of his batting role, Faf Du Plessis aims to share his wealth of experience and insights with his teammates, particularly focusing on the mental aspect of batting.

Having experienced the challenges of being a young player himself, he acknowledges the importance of having access to valuable information and understanding the mental complexities of the game. By imparting his knowledge, Faf Du Plessis hopes to equip the younger players with the tools they need to succeed.

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I Try And Share As Much Of My Learnings: Faf Du Plessis

As the captain of the team, Faf Du Plessis also takes on the role of a father figure. He understands the significance of providing support and encouragement to the players, especially during the early stages of their careers.

Regardless of their backgrounds or achievements, Du Plessis believes in offering genuine backing to all the young players. It is crucial for them to feel valued and supported by the captain, irrespective of their age or experience.

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“My role is two-fold, as a batsman I try and share as much of my experience and learnings around the game, especially, around the mental aspect of batting. As a young player, I felt like possibly I didn’t have that information as well as I would have liked.”

“Then obviously as a captain, there is a role of being the father figure, a supportive role of encouraging them through what is the early stages of their careers. As a captain, it is very important for the young guys to feel that no matter who you are, what you have done, where you come from and how old you are, there is real backing for you.”

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With a strike rate of 153.95, Du Plessis has not only been a mentor and captain but has also showcased his exceptional batting skills on the field. His leadership has been instrumental in setting the aggressive and determined approach of the RCB side. His performances and dedication have earned him the respect of his teammates and have contributed to the team’s success in the ongoing season.

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