I think of myself as a captain before a cricketer: Faf du Plessis
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said he plans to play for the team in all three formats in the 2020-21 season. According to him, South Africa now lacks experience and depth of batting line-up as a Test team.
Du Plessis, 35, recently resigned as captain of the Proteas team in limited-overs cricket and handed over the reins to Quinton de Kock. However, the Proteas will play a Test series against the West Indies at the end of July under a new captain. Although the series has not yet been suspended due to the coronavirus.
There has been no international series for a long time due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, Du Plessis has expressed his desire to remain in the international arena. Du Plessis wants to be in the ODI series in the future, although he has not played in 50 overs since the 2019 World Cup.
“I still love the Proteas,” Du Plessis said in an interview with Cricket South Africa. “Still I have value here in the team. I am eager to play for the team in all three formats. I have been away from the game for a long time and this has increased my hunger. The big thing for a player is that you want to do what you love.”
Du Plessis also said he would miss the captaincy and work as a leader for the new generation.
“I love captaincy, it’s part of me,” he said. “I have been leading since I was 13 years old. Yet I think of myself as a captain before a cricketer. I enjoy it more than anything else. I will always miss the captaincy,”
du Plessis said.
“But there will come a time when I have to give up to make another captain. Sometimes I think it’s the fault of our approach. I want to assure them of a value, to support them, to follow them. They can talk to anyone on the team if they want. It’s a great opportunity to build a five- or six-member leadership team in the Proteas and move forward in the next four to five years.”
Since taking over as Test captain from AB de Villiers in 2016, du Plessis has led the Proteas in 36 Tests, with South Africa winning 18.