As expected the captaincy buzz has started to take pace on air and media after South Africa’s emphatic series win against hosts Australia in the ongoing test series. People and cricket experts are backing Faf du Plessis to be a full time captain of test team despite AB de Villiers’ return.
“At the moment it’s clear to us that Faf is stand-in captain and AB is the current captain when he comes back, looking at his fitness and so on. We will be guided by the medical team in terms of where he is and in terms of match fitness. We are quite excited about how Faf has shown leadership, but we are not going to be carried away,” Linda Zondi, the convener of selectors said on the ongoing series between South Africa and Australia.
South Africa just thrashed and outplayed their opponents Australia in their own den in all three departments batting bowling and fielding. And all credit goes to tactical genius du Plessis and his captaincy skills. He proved his superior team management skills in the process.
Zondi also praised current stand in skipper du Plessis. He said, “I sensed that Faf does not define himself as a person by the success and failure of the team. He takes the role very seriously but realises that a bad game or performance does not suddenly make you a bad cricketer. This is very important in the high-profile leadership role of a captain.”
Australian legend Ian Chappell also praised the leadership skills of du Plessis saying that he has a very good sense of leading from the front in difficult times. He takes the whole responsibility on his shoulder and make his players play without any pressure so they can express themselves to the fullest of their potential. He will make his team successful if stays as a captain.
At the same time, de Villiers is away from the international cricket for five month long period now. And it is a long period even if he is a world class cricketer. So it will take time for him to get into the rhythm of the competitive international level of cricket against a top side like Australia.