Up high from the ground and attempting to grab the ball with just one hand, Faf du Plessis took a blinder during the second ODI in Durban against Sri Lanka. The attempt, which cost opener Dickwella his wicket, seemed all but acrobatic on the screen. To say the least, that was just a beginning of great fielding show by the South Africans.
Out of all Sri Lankan wickets, seven were catches, and going by the recordings they were all terrific to look at. Early on, it was Faf and David Miller, who put hundreds on the board to help hosts gain 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday. However, it was the ground fielding which stood for Faf du Plessis.
Talking about his personal brilliance on the field, du Plessis said he was once told about a mantra to succeed as a fielder, which he often follows.
“Someone once told me that if you fear getting hit on the finger or if you fear what happens when you fall, that’s when you are going to get hurt because you go into it 50-50. But if you go into balls-to-the-wall, if I can say that, then you are going to be okay.”
Calling his side the best in terms of out-fielding, du Plessis said he isn’t the only superstar out there and that all players are capable of pulling stunners every now and then. He further tagged New Zealand’s players as one of the better fielders in recent past, saying they set the trend and now he wants this young South African side to do something similar.
Crediting the trainers for helping the players polish their acrobatic skills, he said they have right people in the management to train them hard.
“We are very lucky. If you look at the guys in the ring – they are all brilliant fielders. There’s not any fielder there that’s a bowler. It’s all quality fielders, who field at point or cover for the different franchises. We’ve got the right personnel and with that you can obviously make sure you train hard and then you can change games with them. New Zealand have been a great example of that for many years and we are right up with them now.”
South Africa and Sri Lanka will face each other in the third One-Dayer at Johannesburg on February 4.