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Rcb appoints Faf Du Plessis as new captain


Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday named former South African national team skipper Faf du Plessis as their new captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Du Plessis, one of the regular performers for the Chennai Super Kings, was an obvious choice after Virat Kohli decided to end his leadership role for the franchise after a decade in which their trophy drought never ended. is not over. He was bought for Rs 7 crore by RCB and is available for the whole season.

Du Plessis received the cap from team chairman Prathmesh Mishra and director of cricket operations Mike Hesson at an event here. “Obviously, as an underdog, I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity,” said Du Plessis, who relinquished the South African captaincy in all formats in 2020.

Four-time IPL winner Du Plessis, 37, has played 100 games so far, scoring 2,935 points at a strike rate of over 131. He scored 633 points for CSK in the league-winning campaign. IPL last year. “I’ve played a lot of IPL cricket. I understand the dynamics and it’s a big deal to trust a foreigner who is a foreign player to do the job of a leader,” said Du Plessis, who has now taken his retreat from all forms of international cricket. noted.

He clarified that it will depend a lot on the experience of domestic players and someone of Virat Kohli’s caliber. “I will rely heavily on the incredible experience we have from our national players but also from international players.” Du Plessis further said he would look to work in tandem with their former captain Kohli who had led the team since 2014.

“We have great captains. We have one of the great leaders in the game at Virat. He will be my shadow and make sure we bounce back from each other. I’m really excited to start, and I hope we we will be able to perform well for the fans,” added the South African veteran.

Indian great Kohli, who is currently playing in the second day/night test against Sri Lanka currently underway here only, also praised Du Plessis in a recorded video message. “I couldn’t be happier to pass the baton to a good friend, someone I’ve known over the years,” Kohli said.

“We’ve been in touch for many years now. He’s one of the few guys I’ve gotten to know a little bit more about outside of cricket. My partnership with Faf is going to be exciting. The team we’ve built is amazing. Our team looks balanced and strong, and I can’t wait to get started,” Kohli added. That Du Plessis would lead the franchise was evident when RCB made an aggressive bid for the South African in a bidding war with his former franchise CSK and Delhi Capitals at last month’s auction.

When asked if they were making a bid for the South African great with the captaincy in mind, director of cricketing operations Mike Hesson said it was a bit of both. “It was a bit of both. We obviously had Maxwell and Virat to have huge captaincy experience which we retained. We felt within our management group that we wanted to develop that and also Harshal Patel. Who we wanted So it was more about growing our leadership group and going from there.

“Obviously Faf was right at the top of that list in terms of the people we wanted to get. It was a bit of both. I know how well respected he is. I know he’s tactically sound. We have the likes of Virat, Maxi (Maxwell), DK who is new to the group.” Being a foreign captain can make the team mix less flexible as only four foreigners are allowed, but Hesson said Du Plessis is good enough to play every game. “When you’re looking to decide who is the most suitable candidate for the role, you’re not necessarily deciding whether it’s an Indian player or a foreign player. Of course, the seven Indians and there are has four overseas – we know the math.

“The reality is that Faf is good enough to play every game anyway. So that’s not a question. Therefore, just look at who the guy you’re going to work with is with the group leaders and get the most out of young people, build relationships and help develop that RCB culture that we want.” We just want the best candidate for the job. And there’s no doubt in our mind that Faf is the guy for that,” Hesson added.

Three-time runners-up RCB are yet to win a title as the Du Plessis-led side will now look to build on their back-to-back playoff appearances in 2020 and 2021. Eyeing an elusive IPL title, RCB will open their campaign against the Punjab Kings in Mumbai on March 27.

First post: STI


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