[caption id="attachment_877499" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-877499" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Faf-du-Plessis-1.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="349" /> Faf du Plessis scored over 1100 runs in last 26 ODIs, with the help of three hundreds and six half-centuries. In the longest format of the game, he scored one hundred and two fifties in four Tests. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>While <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa">South Africa</a> had a disappointing run at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a> as they finished seventh in the ten-team event held in England and Wales, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/faf-du-plessis/news/">Faf du Plessis</a> hoped that there are good things ahead for the team and himself. <p></p> <p></p>The South African skipper completed a hat-trick of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/cricket-south-africa">Cricket South Africa</a> (CSA) awards, including the 'Players' Player of the Year' award in addition to South African Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year. <p></p> <p></p>"Getting the recognition of my peers is really special. I've been to the awards a few times now, been nominated in a few categories and won a few trophies here and there, but never have I won the Players' Player of the Year and that in itself, especially as a captain, makes it even more special for me," du Plessis was quoted as saying by Cricket South Africa.. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/cricket-world-cup-2019-team-review-big-guns-misfire-as-south-africa-come-a-cropper-868005">Cricket World Cup 2019 Team review: Big guns misfire as South Africa come a cropper</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"Obviously the players recognise your performance, but as a leader that makes me extremely proud of that trophy. I've always strived for greatness more as a leader rather than as a player," added du Plessis. <p></p> <p></p>The 35-year-old, who was recently confirmed to lead South Africa in Test cricket, enjoyed a fine run of form as a batsman. He scored over 1100 runs in last 26 ODIs, with the help of three hundreds and six half-centuries. In the longest format of the game, he scored one hundred and two fifties in four Tests. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/after-ottis-gibson-sacking-south-africa-to-opt-for-football-style-management-setup-876196">After Ottis Gibson sacking, South Africa to opt for football-style management setup</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>du Plessis admitted that as a youngster he never thought he would win Players' Player award. "To be honest, when I was a bit younger, I never really thought it would be me standing there winning the Players' Player award." <p></p> <p></p>"As I said, I've always seen myself as being the leader and stuff like that playing more of an important role compared to actually being a great player, so I'm extremely happy. The last two or three years there's been a good consistency about my game and I'm really happy to get some recognition for it," he added. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/faf-du-plessis-to-continue-as-south-africa-test-captain-876729">Faf du Plessis to continue as South Africa Test captain</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>He then said that being away from the game after the World Cup 2019 has been refreshing and he is looking forward to continue playing for South Africa. <p></p> <p></p>"It's been a nice break to get away from the game a little bit," Playing for the Proteas, even though it was disappointing how I felt after the World Cup, the specialness of playing for this team is still there. And I do feel there's a huge drive from me still to play for this team," said du Plessis. <p></p> <p></p>"Hopefully there's some really good things ahead for this team and for me with the team as well," concluded du Plessis.