While coronavirus has currently put the break on cricket, the 35-year-old former South African captain Faf du Plessis still wants to serve his national team across all the three formats.
Faf du Plessis is playing for South Africa national cricket team since 2011. The former Proteas captain has played 65 Tests, 143 ODIs and 47 T20Is where the right-handed batsman has scored 3901 runs (average 39.80), 5507 runs (average 47.47) and 1407 runs (average 34.31) respectively.
While Du Plessis played the Test and T20I matches in this calendar year, he hasn’t played an ODI match since last July, after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Though he was in the ODI squad during South Africa tour of India in last March, the coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone that three-match ODI series after the washout of the first game of that series.
Since then, the cricketers are missing the game and eagerly waiting to return to the field as soon as possible. During the ongoing break, Du Plessis is feeling very fresh and also realises that he still has the hunger to play for his national team and that too in all the three formats.
He recently said in an interview with Cricket South Africa (CSA), “I still love playing for the Proteas. I still see myself adding huge value.
“I am extremely motivated and keen to play in all three formats. This time away from the game has made sure that the hunger is still there for me and that is a big thing for players, to really still love what you do.”
I will always miss it: Faf du Plessis about the captaincy of the South African team
While Faf du Plessis last time led the South African limited-overs sides during their last game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he continued his Test captaincy till England tour of South Africa early this year.
The CSA is now looking for the future, and that’s why they are going with new and younger captains. While the wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock is leading the limited-overs teams, the new Test captain will be announced soon after the game resumption.
Du Plessis has also claimed that he loves to lead a team and he will miss it now. However, he also admits that it is the time to move on and grow up the other leaders, while he will play the guide role as a senior member of the side.
Du Plessis added, “I love captaincy, it is a part of who I am. I have captained since the age of 13. I still look at myself as a leader before a player, so I enjoy that more than anything else.
“I will always miss it, but I do think that the time has come for me to move on to a position of growing other leaders, something that I feel is lacking in our system.
“I want to make sure I can create some sort of value towards that, helping guys with someone who is there to guide them and, if they want to, to have someone they can talk to within the team.
“It is a great opportunity for five or six guys to come together and create a leadership group in the Proteas that will drive the culture for the next four or five years.”
Whatever, it is the very good news for the Proteas team that Faf du Plessis wants to stretch his international career, especially when they have a lack of experiences.