ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis Reveals Their Mindsets In The Previous World Cups
Since South Africa’s re-admission in international cricket in 1991, they have built up the “chokers” tag due to continuously failing to win big matches in the reputed international tournaments. Recently, South African captain Faf du Plessis spoke about their failures in previous Cricket World Cups.
Since their re-admission, South Africa has gradually evolved as one of the strongest cricket teams in international cricket. However, they haven’t achieved much success yet in the reputed international tournaments.
In the Cricket World Cup history, South Africa’s best record is finishing as the semi-finalists for four times (1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015). South Africa also hosted the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, but surprisingly they failed to cross the Group Stages.
In other international tournaments, South Africa has almost similar frustrating records. They have reached two World T20 semi-finals (2009 and 2014), but they have never succeeded to cross that hurdle.
Talking about their success in major international tournaments, South Africa has only won one ICC Champions Trophy. South Africa won that tournament in the inaugural edition (1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy).
Recently, South African captain Faf du Plessis claimed that they always wanted to do something more special in the past Cricket World Cups. However, they now want to enjoy their cricket in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
According to icc-cricket.com, Faf said, “In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before.
He further added, “We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket.”
Faf du Plessis has given importance on the mental preparation
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is less than two weeks away to begin. England and Wales are set to host the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup between 30th May and 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition.
The Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has given importance on the mental preparation for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. To achieve success in the forthcoming tournament, Faf believes that the players need to play freely, without having a fear.
He claimed, “We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains. But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them.
“There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the World Cup is for some of them. Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths.”
Generally, we want to pick on form – Faf du Plessis about the World Cup playing XIs
Talking about the possible playing XIs in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Faf has claimed that they will try to pick up the best in-form players.
He said, “In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game. We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in form we will pick them.”
Ahead of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, South Africa will play two warm-up matches in England. In these pre-World Cup warm-up matches, South Africa will face Sri Lanka (24th May) and Windies (26th May).
South Africa will play the opening game of the forthcoming Cricket World Cup. On 30th May, the host side England and South Africa will face each other at The Oval (London).
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