Chennai: Faf du Plessis said that opening for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League is good for my game as it has helped him grow as a batsman.
Du Plessis, who has been a middle-order batsman for the bulk of his career, has spent a huge chunk of his time with the Chennai franchise as an opening batsman, including in the 2019 edition, where he partnered Shane Watson at the top of the order.
“Obviously, in my career, I’ve always batted 3 and 4. So the first time I really got an opportunity to open was with Chennai, because that’s where the gap is. Suresh [Raina] has batted No.3 since he was 18 for Chennai, and he’s going to bat there for, I suppose, a few more years. Even [MS] Dhoni sometimes bats at 4 or 5,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Du Plessis, as saying,
“So the opportunity for me was to open the batting, especially after [Michael] Hussey left. South Africa team, I bat [at] three, it’s probably my best role. It was good for me to just grow my game, just batting different circumstances,” he added.
Du Plessis’ performance on Friday was yet another testament to his ability to deliver under pressure. The South Africa captain has a penchant for the big stage, where he consistently delivers – look no further than his Test debut, when he produced a backs-to-the-wall 110*, spending close to eight hours at the crease, as South Africa salvaged a draw against Australia, with just two wickets in hand.