Run-machine Faf du Plessis is South Africa's man of the moment
If you want to count numbers, then South Africa's Faf du Plessis is the man of the moment, who is having a dream run with the bat. The right-handed batsman has registered 464 runs in the ODI triangular series involving Australia and Zimbabwe.
New Delhi: If you want to count numbers, then South Africa's Faf du Plessis is the man of the moment, who is having a dream run with the bat. The right-handed batsman has registered 464 runs in the ODI triangular series involving Australia and Zimbabwe.
Continuing his rich harvest, du Plessis shined yet again with the bat after scoring 96 runs against Australia as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory in the final at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
Faf du Plessis who is in supreme form was adjudged man-of-the-series for his commanding performance. Du Plessis hit three centuries in the series and missed out on a fourth ton by four runs on Saturday. His scores in this series read 106, 15, 126, 121 and 96.
With an outstanding batting average of 92.4, Du Plessis overtook Sachin Tendulkar (435) for the most runs in a tri-series that had five-matches. He also registered his name in the record books equalling the likes of many former legends for scoring most tons in a series (3).
The 30-year old helped South Africa register a second ODI series victory on the trot. The Proteas had earlier trounced Zimbabwe 3-0. In his last eight ODI matches, Du Plessis has managed to score three centuries and three half centuries.
Du Plessis stated that, he has begun to enjoy the role of a No. 3 batsman and has cited his success batting in this position. Meanwhile, this victory marked South Africa's first ever win against Australia in a final. It also gave them their first series victory involving more than two teams after a gap of 12 years.
With the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup in six months time, the South African camp will be confident with the proceedings so far. They, in every aspect, look like a happy bunch who are enjoying their game and look well set to make it big in the coveted World Cup.
South African legend and former skipper Graeme Smith, lauded the team's win against Australia through micro-blogging site, Twitter.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) September 6, 2014
South African fast bowler Vernon Philander too praised the effort of the team and congratulated Faf du Plessis for an amazing tournament.
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) September 6, 2014