Du Plessis recalls 2011 WC, says he and his wife received ‘death threats’
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that he and his wife Imari Visser, received death threats on social media after their pathetic loss against New Zealand in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Chasing the target of just 222 runs, South Africa were bundled out for just 172 runs in 43.2 overs and lost the match by 49 runs. Du Plessis scored 36 runs off 43 balls in that match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
However, he couldn’t able to grab the win for his team as South Africa lost another knockout match in an international event. In the very next World Cup in 2015, they again lost to New Zealand in semi-finals by 4 wickets.
“I received death threats after that [match]. My wife received death threats. We turned on social media and we were blown away. It became very personal. There were some very offensive things said that I won’t repeat,” du Plessis was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo’s Cricket Monthly.
“It makes you introverted towards people and you put a shield up. All players go through this and it forces us to keep our circles very small. It’s why I’ve worked so hard on creating a safe space within our camp,” he added.
However, New Zealand lost the semi-final match against Sri Lanka and at the end, India won the 2011 World Cup on their home soil.