Faf du Plessis will not be participating in the T20 series    Getty Images
Faf du Plessis will not be participating in the T20 series Getty Images

Faf du Plessis was involved in two run-outs on Sunday in their clash against India at The Oval during Match 11 of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. He admitted that South Africa were below par throughout the tournament but suffered less grief than their loss against New Zealand in World Cup 2015. However, du Plessis showed confidence in the current squad and also backed skipper AB de Villiers, who was criticised for his captaincy skills in ODIs. Du Plessis pointed out that failure of handling the task at hand well was one of the reasons for their poor performance in the tournament. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: South Africa never deserved to be in semi-finals, insists Faf du Plessis

Du Plessis recollected the lowest point of his career after 2015 defeat against New Zealand and recited the incident to ESPNcricinfo.com, In 2015, I sat afterwards and I was extremely disappointed. It was the lowest point of my career because I felt that was our time to win a tournament. We played a good game of cricket that night. We were right in it until the end. On Sunday, I didn’t feel the same. I feel extremely disappointed with the way we played. We didn’t pitch up as a team. Supporting the current squad, du Plessis added, These are the players. There’s not anyone else in South Africa that’s better than the guys right here.

Shutting the critics of de Villiers, du Plessis said that the team has let him down, It’s so hard to put all this pressure on AB and almost blame him. I can certainly tell you he has led the team really well, he has done everything. The team let him down. I ran him out. There’s nothing that he did wrong. We were beaten, not even by a better team; we just played our worst game of cricket in a while. Every guy in his role in the team must take responsibility for not fulfilling his job.

South Africa were in thick of form in ODIs that lead them to topple over Australia in the rankings. They whitewashed Australia at home by 5-0, followed by whitewashing Sri Lanka at home and victory in a decider over New Zealand away. IPL kept the players busy and du Plessis feels that broke the momentum of the side against England in ODIs and Champions Trophy.

There was a big break in the last time we were together as a team but that’s definitely not an excuse – you should just pick up from where you left. I thought before the tournament we were ready, but the matches in the last three games, [we] have been playing at five or six out of 10 and if you want to win a world trophy you can’t be fighting at 50-60%, he concluded.