On Sunday (June 23), South Africa’s ICC World Cup 2019, has come to a halt when they lost their fifth match of the ongoing ODI showpiece at Lord’s. Thus, following a premature exit from the tournament, skipper Faf du Plessis drew flak for holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) responsible regarding the Proteas horrendous show at the World Cup.
With Proteas loss by 49 runs against Pakistan, their hopes to remain alive in the coveted tournament shattered as their search to lift the first-ever World Cup title will continue until 2023.
Proteas looked a pale-shadow at the World Cup:
Their World Cup standings could explain Their woeful performance. They’re sitting at ninth position with just a win under their belt in seven matches. Subsequently, they won their solitary game against an inexperienced, Afghanistan.
After making their entry at the 1992 World Cup, the Proteas further failed to qualify for the knockout fixtures post-2003. Earlier, in the twelfth edition of the World Cup, South Africa lost their first game against India. Also, they lost their next two games which eventually put pressure on a quality side from which they hardly overcame to live up to the expectations.
Soon after the loss, the former Proteas players have expressed disappointment by scathing the South African cricketers.
Meanwhile, the squad included a couple of players who are past their age. It eventually asks for an overhauling for the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.
Faf du Plessis plays a ‘fresh’ card following Proteas World Cup exit:
Recently, in his post-match press conference dejected Du Plessis has regretted to see Kagiso Rabada having a longer stint at the IPL 2019.
Pertinently, Rabada has featured in 12 matches for the Delhi Capitals (DC) before nursing a back injury. He conceded that rest was necessary for a couple of players ahead of the World Cup.
In seven matches, Rabada has managed to bag six wickets, whereas, Imran Tahir has bagged ten scalps.
Overall, du Plessis is the sixth skipper for the Proteas to lead them at the World Cup. Du Plessis also faced severe criticism for turning a blind eye following his IPL stint, too.
“So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG (Kagiso Rabada) is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” du Plessis said at a press conference.
Interestingly, at the same time, du Plessis himself represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the IPL 2019.
It didn’t sit well with the Twitter users. They further lambasted the 34-year-old for blaming IPL following their miserable run at the ICC World Cup 2019. He also received the backlash for not owning mistakes committed during the World Cup in England and Wales.
Here’s how Twittersphere reacted following Faf du Plessis’ comments regarding the IPL:
Faf du Plessis had blamed IPL for Dale Steyn's injury, which was somewhat true. But now he blames IPL for Kagiso Rabada's mundane performance. This is lame from SA captain. Rabada was bowling only four overs per match in the IPL. #CWC19 #PAKvSA
— Gautam Chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) June 24, 2019
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2019
Then y faf played IPL?? He also can take rest and get fresh for worldcup?. If he did that, who knows rabada can do the same then SA played well and reach the final, then go home with cup ?if you need that then u may take tough decisions faf..
— Balaji (@imbalajith) June 24, 2019
#FafDuPlessis all is well
— Vinoth (@Vinoth87246541) June 24, 2019
This is a commonsense reminder to u
Most of all Indian team player, Even Willimson, Smith, Warner were busy with IPL, but they are doing good at worldcup too #WorldCup2019
Don't blame only to RABADA…Blame yourself first…Then team https://t.co/dKdn9J9FqL
— Dr JD,Hate Anti-Indian,?% FB (@jagadishexplore) June 24, 2019
— Piyush Shahi⛳ ? (@Piyushkshahi) June 24, 2019
Faf du Plessis: "We are out of #CWC19 because of IPL."
— सिड घर पर है! (Sid Chhaya – સિદ્ધાર્થ છાયા) ?? (@siddtalks) June 24, 2019
"We did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. And then when he went there, we were like, let's try and get him back halfway through."
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 24, 2019
Excuses excuses hold that L @faf1307
— mohit (@MohitMohit9896) June 24, 2019
When Faf himself played IPL, how can he ask any other player to not participate in it?
Bumrah, bhuvneshwar, shami, bolt, malinga, russel, stonis etc played.
Blaming #IPL2019 isn't the solution.
Its just shifting blames.
— Gaurav Jain (@lazysethji) June 24, 2019
Previously you blamed IPL on steyn's fitness and now again for Rabada poor performance. Then being as a captain you should have taken initiative on not playing IPL!
— CricFan (@M_a_h_iiii) June 24, 2019
What is your performance faf!
— Santanu maity (@Santanu77380983) June 24, 2019