The young and less experienced South African came into this three-match Test series against India with a lot of expectations and with an attempt to improve their previous tour’s result. However, things turned out to be much worse than before for the visiting team as they suffered their first-ever whitewash against India. For the first time in 83 years, South Africa have lost two consecutive Test matches by the margin of an innings. South Africa lost all the three Test matches in this series by massive margins.
During the post-match press conference, South African captain Faf du Plessis talked about the fact that the current team is pretty much young. He mentioned that they are currently in the transition phase and it is surely a hard task to rebuild this side. Faf stated that the process is currently going on and it is important to identify the future leaders in the team.
"If you see, it's a very, very young team. How I see my journey unfold with this team? I think I can help with the transitioning period. Before that wasn't the case. Graeme Smith was a very successful captain. After that, it was like what's going to happen. I hope to make that process more smoother. Identifying the next leaders. Identifying the next captain. For the time being, it's about the process. It's a very young team and a very young leadership group," quoted Faf du Plessis.
Faf noted the fact that players with atleast 30-40 Test matches are better prepared to play Test cricket at this level. He said that there is a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to rebuild this young team. Faf revealed that he too is not that much experienced in the captaincy role but unfortunately, he has to do this job.
"It's tough. We are used to playing a lot of experienced players in Test cricket. Players who have played up of 30-40 Tests. And now you look at it and it's 5, 6, 7 or 10 Tests. It does feel like a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to try and build the team. It's just the place I am in right now. It's unfortunate but someone has to do it and that falls on my shoulder," says the captain,” he added.
"When you go real tough times like this, you identify characters who will drive the team forward. You look for personalities that you see in the team in the next five-six years time. It's a tough place to start right in the beginning. The position we find ourselves is that we have a lot of experience out of the Test team. That process will take a bit longer. Right now it's about finding personalities," Faf concluded.