Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, has been rested for the remainder of T20Is against Pakistan. The decision has come after the hosts won the first match at the Newlands by six runs. Meanwhile, Faf had been instrumental in leading the Proteas to beat the number one ranked team in the T20Is. He along with Reeza Hendricks added 131 for the second wicket; eventually helping South Africa score 192 for six in 20 overs. Also, Faf du Plessis scored 78 off 45 balls including six fours and four sixes.
No Quinton de Kock in the lineup too
On Friday, Quinton de Kock also got ruled out due to an injury. Though Cape Cobras batsman, Janneman Malan has been named his replacement, the Proteas will be without their two prime batsmen in the remaining games.
However, after the match, the skipper addressed the media and revealed he will be on rest, and thus, a new captain for the remaining two games will be named soon. As Faf had been playing three formats, he said he needed some rest, and gladly he has got one for a while.
Furthermore, the right-handed batsman said he would have an opportunity to get the tank filled for the Sri Lanka Tests.
“I’m being rested for the last two games. I’m the only Test player that’s still playing, I was only going to play tonight’s game,” said Du Plessis after the Proteas win.
“There’s been a lot of cricket, especially the three format players have played a lot. Personally, this is an opportunity for me to get the tank filled up again for the Test series (against Sri Lanka).
“So there’ll be one change (on Sunday), a new captain will have to be decided, but we’ll try and make sure that get through the squad as best we can.”
Meanwhile, the second T2oI is scheduled for Sunday (February 3rd) at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, whereas, the SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the final game of the series on Wednesday (February 6th).