Faf Du Plessis Asks Batsmen to Pull Up the Socks For World Cup
The Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has asked his batsmen to pull up their socks for the upcoming World Cup set to be played in England and Wales. du Plessis has come up with some strong words as he said that the 20s and 30s from their batsmen will not help them in the World Cup. Thus, the South African skipper has asked his batsmen to raise the bar for the ODI showpiece.
South Africa is yet to savour success in the World Cup and they would aim to go all the way in the quadrennial event. Meanwhile, South Africa has already taken an impregnable lead of 3-0 in the ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka. The hosts won the third ODI by 71 via Duckworth Lewis.
South Africa needs to come up with a collective effort.
“We spoke a little about the batting in the previous game, and wanting to be better and raising the standards. Just purely on personal performance, the 20s and 30s are not going to win us the World Cup.” Du Plessis said.
“If you’re doing okay, that’s not enough. We want those standards to be higher and better because that’s what is going to be the difference. We can’t have a mediocre batting line-up and one or two guys performing at the World Cup. We need two or three guys every single game to put their hand up,” admitted the South African skipper.
Consequently, Faf du Plessis who scored 36 runs in the previous match believes the team needs to play relentless cricket. du Plessis believes the team should not contemplate failure and should go there and express themselves.
du Plessis asks his team to be relentless.
“You need to be prepared to take the risks, you’re brave enough to take the risks, and you’re not scared of failing. Just playing a conservative style of cricket, I don’t believe it’s going to win you the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis is one of the consistent batsmen for the Rainbow nation. However, the other batsman has not lived up to the expectations in the recent past. The right-hander said he doesn’t want to rely on only one player. Thus, he emphasised the importance of collective effort in a team sport.
“We don’t want to rely on one player. Obviously, AB is a fantastic batter, but sometimes you can in the back of your mind just rely on guys like that, and that’s not the way that I want us to play as a team.
“Everyone needs to contribute, every single game. You’re not guaranteed performance, but you’re guaranteed of putting in the style of play, of putting in the hard work and raising your intensity and trying to make sure that you can be a better player than you’ve been before. And I think slowly but surely you can see that from the players.” added Du Plessis.
The fourth ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka will take place in Port Elizabeth on 13th March. The Proteas will begin their World Cup campaign against hosts England on 30th May.
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