‘We left everything out there, that’s all I can ask,’ says Faf
South African captain Faf du Plessis is completely broken mentally after the loss to New Zealand which almost knocked South Africa out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
South Africa are not having a good time in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with only one win. They lost some important games at the beginning which has hindered their chances of entering the semi-finals of the tournament.
They took on New Zealand in a must win game to make them alive in the tournament. But unfortunately New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets and this has made their chances of entering knockouts very low.
At the end of the match, South African skipper Faf du Plessis had an emotional post match press conference regretting for what happened for the team in the tournament.
“You know, it’s tough now,” du Plessis said after the loss to New Zealand. “You can feel in the dressing room the guys are hurting. I’m feeling five years older. My body is really sore after that. So we left everything out there, and that’s all I can ask for as a captain, that the guys fought. They showed that.
“Unfortunately, we’ve just not been as good as the opposition that we’ve played against. New Zealand today was a little bit better than us. That’s a skill thing – not a hunger thing. That’s not a determination thing. That’s not a fight thing. So I can’t fault the team for that.”
The South African skipper admitted that batting department is below par for them in the tournament which is a major reason for the defeats they faced. And the skipper belives that there will be some major changes in the team at the end of the tournament.
“You’re probably got three or four guys getting away from the ODI team, with quite a few guys getting to the end of their careers,” du Plessis said. “Depending on cricket South Africa – in terms of what they believe is a good way forward – they might want a complete change.
What will naturally happen is you’ll probably lose six or seven players after this tournament. Whether you want to change more than that – no, I don’t think you need to do more than that.”