Faf du Plessis takes jibe at India for being too reliant on Virat Kohli after series win

Faf du Plessis, the victorious South Africa skipper, has said all members of the team chipped in during the wins in Newlands and Cape Town and added the players were motivated to avenge the 3-0 loss in India.

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 21:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Centurion
Faf du Plessis,Virat Kohli,Indian national cricket team
Faf du Plessis has said South Africa’s players chipped in with runs and wickets at vital times in the series. (AFP)

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis made no bones about the fact that this was a series they wanted to settles scores with India after their 3-0 hiding in 2015. Speaking to the media after the 135-run win in Centurion on Wednesday, Du Plessis also took a jibe at India for being too reliant on Virat Kohli. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS)

Recalling their tour of India, du Plessis said that loss had motivated them to leave no stone unturned to win here. “It was tough for us in India. Personally and as a team we struggled there, and mentally it took a toll on us, even after that series. So the guys were extremely motivated for this series to put that right. I think you could see that in this Test especially. In conditions that should suit them more than us, we adapted really well and we fought every hour to get ahead in the game. It’s very pleasing sitting here 2-0 up,” said du Plessis. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA SCORECARD)

Asked to point out the difference between the two sides, du Plessis said:

“Everyone has chipped in. We feel as an opposition that India is very reliant on Virat to score runs. So that’s the difference. AB has scored runs, Dean, Aiden, I’ve scored runs. Everyone has chipped in. The first Test was bowling-friendly conditions where both teams bowled well, but in this Test on a wicket that is not supposed to suit seam bowling a lot, the areas that our bowlers hit…I suppose we’ve got more pace which helps.

“They have one or two (quick) guys, where we have three plus Vernon who offers all that control. So I feel the difference is we don’t rely on just one guy - as a team we’ve been better,” he added.

South Africa have been on a different plane after that loss in India. Somewhere down the line though, there was some discontentment over the pitches they had to face in India. Having played on a slow pitch at Centurion, India can’t say the same. Du Plessis stopped short of terming those Indian pitches as ridiculous.

“The last time we went to India we didn’t play as well, but I do feel the conditions were touching on extreme. For me the way to look at that is even the Indian batting line-up struggled in conditions where their spinners were much better than ours. Every Test match lasted three days and I think there was only one hundred. In this series there have been times when it has looked tough, but there have been guys scoring runs and guys taking wickets, so there is always that battle between bat and ball. If you have that, for me it is a good wicket,” he said, adding that they are thrilled at the prospect of beating India 3-0 at the Wanderers next week.

“It’s an amazing opportunity - not a lot of South African teams have had it. It makes us even hungrier to go out there as a team, so we’re really looking forward to the next Test,” he said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 20:26 IST