new Delhi: Cricket is one of those sports in which the role of captain is very important. If the captain is also the best player of the team, then its importance increases further. Indian captain Virat Kohli understands this very well and he is often seen leading the team from the front. South African captain Faf du Plessis seems to have been at fault in this case. The South African team is 0–1 behind losing the first match in the Test series. The second Test match is to be played from Thursday.
India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test match. Faf du Plessis came in this match batting at number six in the first innings and number five in the second innings. This is what is being questioned about Du Plessis. Faf is not only the captain of his team, but also the most experienced player. It is also believed that he is the best batsman to play spin in the current team of South Africa.
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Despite such advantages, the captain's coming down the batting order is weakening South Africa. The visiting team fielded Theunis de Bruyn on third order and Temba Bavuma on fourth order in the first Test match. On Indian pitches, where the spinners start to show impact quickly, the subsequent arrival of experienced batsmen is considered a strategic mistake.
Here we are not comparing Faf du Plessis, Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma. Du Plessis is more experienced than the other two players. Have played more Better seen in figures. It is possible that after a few years, the figures of Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma are also equal or better than Du Plessis. Therefore, it should not be compared.
Faf du Plessis started his career at number six in 2012. At that time Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers were in top order. It was understandable to play Du Plessis down then. Things have changed now. The South African team is young. In such a situation, the captain should bat on the third order, so that the team can be prevented from putting pressure quickly. Du Plessis probably thinks differently.
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Faf had said during the Visakhapatnam Test match, "I am batting at number-5." This is the number that can also be considered the beginning. Actually, the player of this number has to play with the top order batsman, while the lower order also gets the support. If the team loses three wickets in a hurry, it is the responsibility of the No. 5 or No. 6 batsman to get the team under pressure by batting well with the lower order.
Explain that the average of Faf du Plessis is between 40 and 45 from number-3 to number-5. He has scored 490 runs at No. 3 at an average of 40.83. He averages 42.00 at number-4. Similarly, he has scored 1969 runs at number-5 at an average of 43.75. That is, they have the ability to play well on almost every number in top order. It remains to be seen whether they bat at number five in the second Test against India or promote themselves to come at number three.