South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says, reducing expectations for World Cup may work for Proteas

Cape Town: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis picked hosts England and 2011 champions India because the title favourites...

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says, lowering expectations for World Cup could work for Proteas
Cape Town: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis picked hosts England and 2011 champions India because the title favourites for this yr’s Cricket World Cup and mentioned his aspect will go into the match with lowered expectations, which may work to their benefit.

South Africa’s World Cup adventures have usually led to unlucky circumstances — together with falling foul of an unfair rain rule, misreading the Duckworth–Lewis run-rate requirement, or comical run outs on the demise.

File picture of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. Reuters

Four years in the past they appeared to have one foot within the remaining till New Zealand pipped them in an exciting semi-final by belting a six off the penultimate ball of the match.

Such outcomes have led to South Africa being labelled ‘chokers’ on the 50-over occasion, and in flip has lowered their expectations for the 30 May to 14 July match.

“We will go with a little bit less pressure on us as a team in terms of the expectation of winning it,” Du Plessis, who workforce are ranked fourth within the ODI standings, mentioned on Tuesday.

“It is fairly clear that England and India are the 2 favourites.

“We are a young group and the guys are just excited about the opportunity.”

However, Du Plessis is conscious that South Africa will nonetheless must cope with quite a lot of hype within the run-up and in the course of the match in addition to the narrative of their previous failures.

“We have gone to tournaments in the past where we have felt like we had the strongest team on paper, but cricket is not played on paper,” he mentioned.

“When opponents look at us now, we are not the strongest team. But when a South Africa team goes to the World Cup, the chat in the media starts, even the opposition starts to chat!”

Mental Challenge

Du Plessis believes managing the psychological aspect shall be key for his squad, which is anticipated to incorporate 10 debutants.

“I remember going through the process of the previous World Cup (in 2015),” he mentioned. “Going via the damage of placing in a lot time and vitality into attempting to win a trophy, and by the tip you’re completely shattered.

“Yes, all of us badly wish to win a World Cup however for me as a captain, it is extremely vital to guarantee that gamers don’t attempt to be supermen to win.

“I’ve felt like we have now been responsible of that previously … and that expectation can (put) quite a lot of weight in your shoulders.

“They just need to go there and be the best they can be.”

The World Cup shall be performed in a round-robin format with all 10 nations pitted in opposition to one another within the first spherical and the highest 4 groups advancing to the semi-finals.

South Africa open their marketing campaign in opposition to England at The Oval on 30 May.


Published Date: January 30, 2019

| Updated Date: January 30, 2019


Updated Date: Jan 30, 2019 12:20:09 IST


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