With the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, all the ten teams are focussing to put forward a special performance in the upcoming mega event. They are trying hard to figure out the best possible combinations to make a strong case for the coming tournament. South African skipper Faf du Plessis also recently spoke about his team’s preparations for the 2019 World Cup scheduled to be played later this year in England and Wales.
We want to be better and raise the standards
South Africa displayed a staggering performance in the recently concluded third ODI against Sri Lanka to take an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match ODI series. The Proteas skipper mentioned that they are thriving to be better. He revealed that only personal performances cannot help in winning the World Cup. Du Plessis also reckoned that they cannot go into the 2019 World Cup with a mediocre batting line-up.
“We spoke a little about the batting in the previous game, and wanting to be better and raising the standards. Just purely on personal performance, 20s and 30s are not going to win us the World Cup. We can’t have a mediocre batting line-up and one or two guys performing at the World Cup. We need two or three guys every single game to put their hand up,” quoted Faf du Plessis.
The South African skipper stated that it is very important to be prepared to take the risks at the crucial stages. He also stated that he does not believe in playing a conservative brand of cricket.
“You need to be prepared to take the risks, you’re brave enough to take the risks, and you’re not scared of failing. Just playing a conservative style of cricket, I don’t believe it’s going to win you the World Cup,” he added.
“Everyone needs to contribute, every single game. You’re not guaranteed a performance, but you’re guaranteed of putting in the style of play, of putting in the hard work and raising your intensity, and trying to make sure that you can be a better player than you’ve been before. And I think slowly but surely you can see that from the players,” the South African concluded.