We are going into the 2019 World Cup with Less Pressure: Faf du Plessis
South Africa National Cricket Team skipper Faf du Plessis has lauded the efforts of the team while handing a whitewash to Sri Lanka in the five-match ODI series. Thus, he has expressed satisfaction ahead of the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Far from being favourites for the World Cup, du Plessis takes pleasure on being away from the limelight.
In the recently-held game, the faulty floodlights at Newland in Cape Town irked players including du Plessis. Eventually, it has brought a premature end to the final ODI against the Islanders. He stated bowling will be key for the ODI showpiece.
“It’s great to win 5-0. But for me, it was more about making sure that we improved on a few things in the series and I felt that happened,” du Plessis told Sport24.
Proteas will go as prepared for the 2019 World Cup:
The top-order batsman du Plessis cited there won’t be any sort of pressure for the team. He added they’re going among teams which haven’t been touted as favourites for the quadrennial event.
Du Plessis has assured that they will go in as a better-prepared side. Du Plessis is hopeful of leaving an impact in the United Kingdom (UK).
“It’s nice to go as a team that is not spoken of a lot. I like the fact that we are going with less pressure. As a team, we are going there as prepared as we can be in that aspect,” du Plessis said.
During the last ODI assignment ahead of the forthcoming World Cup, Proteas leader du Plessis had a fair idea of the 15-man squad for the marquee event in England and Wales.
In between, Aiden Markram has done well in the recent past. Whereas, JP Duminy will lead the Proteas in the three-match Twenty20 International series starting on Tuesday (March 19).
In the recent past, South Africa has done exceptionally well in white-ball cricket. The side is in good stead on beating Lankans, Pakistan, Australia and Zimbabwe.
The side has beaten Sri Lanka twice in last five-day-long series while facing distinct franchises.
England are favourites for the 2019 World Cup:
The 34-year-old Pretoria-born du Plessis didn’t shy away from saying England are favourites for the mega tourney. He reiterated India and Australia has done exceedingly well and have proven in past ICC tournaments.
“Obviously, England at home are one of the favourites and India and Australia have proven that they are good tournament teams,” Du Plessis added.
Du Plessis made a strong assertion by saying a couple of in-form players are capable of changing the fortunes of the team. While laying stress on the batting department, he feels they can lift the spirit of the whole team in such events.
“I think it comes down to form as a team and as individuals. If you have three or four of your batting line-up hitting purple patches it literally changes the whole tournament,” Du Plessis inferred.
Meanwhile, there are a number of Proteas players including du Plessis who will join their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise before return to the national fold. The IPL 2019 will be underway on March 23 in Chennai.
The multi-nation tournament will kick-off with the game between England and South Africa on May 30 in London.
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