Faf du Plessis ‘Extremely Motivated to Play All Three Formats’
Faf du Plessis (© AFP)

Faf du Plessis has said he can still be a valuable asset to the South African cricket team and is keen to play all the three formats.

Du Plessis hasn’t been a regular feature across formats and also been replaced as the limited-overs captain post the 2019 ODI World Cup.

“I still love playing for the Proteas,” Du Plessis said in an interview released by Cricket South Africa. “I still see myself adding huge value. I am extremely motivated and keen to play in all three formats. This time away from the game has made sure that the hunger is still there for me and that is a big thing for players, to really still love what you do.”

Captaincy is something that Du Plessis has done since he was 13 but now he’s ready to move on and play the role of mentor to groom future leaders in the South Africa setup.

“I love captaincy, it is a part of who I am. I have captained since the age of 13. I still look at myself as a leader before a player, so I enjoy that more than anything else,” the 34-year-old said. “I will always miss it, but I do think that the time has come for me to move on to a position of growing other leaders, something that I feel is lacking in our system.”

Du Plessis has so far played 65 Tests, 143 ODIs and 47 ODIs for South Africa.

The veteran reckons that the current situation in South African cricket presents the players with a ‘great opportunity’ to step up to the role of leaders and guide the team for the next 4-5 years.

“I want to make sure I can create some sort of value towards that, helping guys with someone who is there to guide them and, if they want to, to have someone they can talk to within the team. It is a great opportunity for five or six guys to come together and create a leadership group in the Proteas that will drive the culture for the next four or five years,” he said.