‘Cricket South Africa, I will show you how good I still am if you have forgotten’

Faf du Plessis, who had a memorable IPL 2021, revealed that he was excited about the will to prove that Cricket South Africa was wrong after his omission from the squad for the T20 World Cup.

Du Plessis scored 633 runs in this year’s Indian Premier League and finished two runs behind Orange Cap winner Ruturaj Gaikwad on the list of top scorers. He played a major role in the Chennai Super Kings winning their fourth IPL title, but his accomplishments at the event were not enough to give him a place in South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad. Du Plessis talks about the extra motivation to prove that his board made a mistake in the final against the Kolkata Knight Riders, which came after the opener faced a rare failure in the semi-final of the edition where he was only out for one.

Talking to Paddy Upton on Lessons from the best in the world podcast, du Plessis discussed his mindset on the way into the finale and explained how he kept the “negative voice” in his head quiet.

“I have a good fighting voice and a bad fighting voice. To give you a practical example of this voice, in this last IPL, I had an amazing IPL, to the point where the goals I set for myself, which was to be in the top three [run-scorers] right from the start i came pretty well with this goal. But through the process of this, there is this positive and negative voice. To refer to such an incident, I am in the race, but in the semifinals I get one, and everyone shoots past me, and then I sit as number six.

“So we win the match and go to the final. It’s a big game and this negative voice says, ‘no, you can’t handle it, they’re too far away. In fact, you know what, you’re a little out of shape, I’m do not know how to get a race in the final. Oh, it’s a big game you got one in the last match ‘. This voice tells me a failure. “

He went on to state how he overcame the mental demons when he had a point to prove for Cricket South Africa.

“I wanted [listened to the negative voice] earlier, but then this positive voice says: ‘Top three is your goal. You play your best when it’s high pressure. You are Mr. Reliable. When the pressure is at its highest, it’s you. Ok, what do you need? 40 races to get into the top three, no, I do 83 races to become number one. I want the orange cap. ‘ I would also say, “Cricket South Africa, I just want to show you how good I still am if you forgot.”

Du Plessis had a memorable final as he smashed 86 in 59 balls using seven fours and three sixes, to help his team score 192-3, which turned out to be 27 runs way too many for KKR.

“Incredibly, the final one went exactly as I visualized it in my head, thought about it in my head, and talked about it in my diary,” Plessis concluded.

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