Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has revealed how hard it was for him to cope with AB de Villiers announcing retirement from international cricket in 2018. When de Villiers announced his retirement in 2018 he left the whole world in shock and the most who suffered were team South Africa, who were very dependent on their talisman ABD.
After AB de Villier’s departure from the team, South Africa dealt with a big blow and the international results were a testament to how influential ABD’s presence was. Under Faf du Plessis’ leadership South Africa could only come 7th in the 2019 World cup, and later that year he stepped down from the captaincy.
“I depended a lot on him, as a friend, and obviously as the best player in the team” Faf du Plessis on AB de Villiers
South African batsman du Plessis recently revealed his emotions when de Villiers announced his retirement from the international circuit. The 36-year-old told how much he and the team were dependent on de Villiers, and the decision was a hard one for them to digest. He also mentioned he respected ABD’s decision, but it was in the back of his mind how are the team going to get the same performances as it was with him in the team.
“When AB left, it was really tough for me, because I depended a lot on him, as a friend, and obviously as the best player in the team, we needed his skills. When he told me that he was done with international cricket, as a friend, my first instinct was — I’m here for you, and I’ll support you, if you feel like you’re at the end of your career and you don’t want to do it anymore, then that’s okay – I support that decision 100 per cent, “ du Plessis told Ravichandran Ashwin on the latter’s official YouTube channel.
“As a captain, I was like how do we move forward without AB, how do we get the same performances But the friend in me trumped the captain in me. And I just said, we’re going to miss you, are you sure? He was like, yeah, I am 100 per cent sure, I don’t want to play international cricket anymore. I don’t have the drive to do it anymore. So I am stopping. I respected that immediately and left it there. I never ever after that tried to convince him again, because I respected what he said. Even at times when we desperately needed him,” he added
“I am the captain, I had to make sure I stay strong for the team” : Faf du Plessis
In 2019 when the team was suffering, Du Plessis tells he carried all the pressure of the team but didn’t want it to be known to others, as it was his duty as a captain to stay strong for the team. He also revealed he has always liked captaining his side and it adds to the pleasure he takes in playing the sport.
“The last year of international cricket for me was tough, because I carried a lot of what was going through the team’s performances on my own shoulders, and I didn’t want to show that to anyone, because in my own head, I am the captain, I had to make sure I stay strong for the team,” du Plessis said.
“That for me was the hardest thing to do myself, purely because I’ve believed that being a leader is something that was part of my purpose. And I’ve always enjoyed captaining more than I have enjoyed playing. I think I am a good player, but I think I really come to the party when it comes to captaining. That’s when I really love playing cricket. That’s what puts a smile on my face,” Faf du Plessis added.
Faf du Plessis will be seen in action for CSK in the IPL this season and his countryman de Villiers will be repping RCB’s colors. The 13th edition of the IPL is set to begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.