No need to do ‘superman’ things: Faf du Plessis
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said his team would not be looking to do ‘Superman’ things in the World Cup 2019, and insisted to maintain ‘normal’ consistency.
South Africa bears the bad reputation of underperforming in big competitions which, according to the current skipper, is due to players stressing out to do all special things.
“In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things,” du Plessis said on Saturday ahead of the team’s departure to England.
“We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough,
“We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket,” he said.
Du Plessis urged each player to find his own strength and play without fear of failure.
“We believed you had to be really special to win the World Cup, that you had to do something more than you usually do, which is not true.
Whatever we’ve been doing consistently, the way we’ve played while beating teams that will work. We have to do the basics as well as possible, teams don’t win the World Cup by someone scoring a century off 50 balls or taking 7 for 20,” Faf du Plessis said.
South Africa feature in the tournament opener against England at The Oval on May 30.
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