Du Plessis’ experience in India to come handy: Boucher
South Africa head coach Mark Boucher believes former skipper Faf du Plessis’ long experience of playing in the Indian Premier League as well as international cricket on Indian soil will help the side during their upcoming three-match ODI series.
Du Plessis has not been in great forms lately, with scores of 24, 15 and 5 in the recent T20I series against Australia, while he has not played a single 50-over match since the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Still Boucher was upbeat about Faf’s experiences coming handy.
“If you go to a place like India, you need to find a balance between youth and experience. I think Faf is really doing well in ODI cricket for South Africa. The last time he played, he got a hundred. He knows the Indian conditions very well,” said Boucher.
The South African team arrived in India on Monday morning, and they will take a chartered flight on Tuesday to Dharamsala, the venue for the ODI series opener on March 12.
According to Boucher, having du Plessis available means he will have some headaches in selection as well, which is “a good thing to have.”
“It’s a good headache to have. Just him being around the squad will add a lot of value and experience as well. We will look at conditions and then put together combinations. Why you would want to have Faf is because he has done really well in those (Indian) conditions.”