Faf Du Plessis, the former captain of the South African cricket team, is considering a return to the international arena, specifically eyeing a spot in the Proteas team for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup set to take place in the West Indies and the USA next year.
Past T20 World Cup Stints
Du Plessis, who led South Africa in the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups, finds himself back in discussions about his potential return. Despite never officially retiring from white-ball cricket, he was absent from the South African squads in the last two editions of the T20 World Cup.
Talks with Coach Rob Walter
The 39-year-old revealed that he has engaged in discussions with the new South Africa white-ball coach, Rob Walter, regarding his comeback to the international side. Du Plessis expressed confidence in his ability to make a meaningful contribution to the team, emphasizing ongoing conversations with the coaching staff about the balance of the T20 World Cup.
Recent Performances: IPL 2023
Du Plessis has notched up an impressive performance in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL), playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. As the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, he accumulated 730 runs from 14 innings, trailing only behind Shubman Gill.
Coach Walter, addressing the media, indicated that players like Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, and Rilee Rossouw are being considered for the T20 World Cup. He acknowledged the need for experienced players, especially in the absence of frontline bowlers, and suggested that discussions about team composition are ongoing.
Du Plessis’ Cricket Timeline
Du Plessis last represented South Africa in a Test match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2021. In limited-overs cricket, his most recent appearance in Proteas colors was at the end of 2020, during a T20I clash against England in Cape Town.
As Du Plessis contemplates a potential return to the T20 World Cup stage, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the final decision, anticipating the seasoned player’s impact on South Africa’s campaign.
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