Faf du Plessis – The Right Man for the Job

There is no denying that Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis had a pretty ordinary World Cup, in terms of his captaincy. As such, questions were asked whether he was the right man to lead South Africa going forward into this next chapter.

There is no question in my mind that the answer to that is, without a shadow of a doubt, an undeniable yes.

He is the first and only captain to win a Test, ODI and T20 series in Australia and the only South African captain to win a home Test series against Australia.

Faf has a strategic mind, a cricket mind and is a brilliant leader. Natural born leaders are few and far between and Faf du Plessis, is definitely one of them.

It would be foolish to give the captaincy to someone like Aiden Markram for the ODI team now, simply because he is not settled in the ODI team.

How can it be good to put the added burden of captaincy on the shoulders of a youngster who is still in the early stages of his international career and struggling to find his feet in the international game?

What I saw a lot of on social media immediately after the Proteas exit from the World Cup, was that the captaincy should be given to Markram because it worked for Graeme Smith.

Two completely different kettle of fish.

Smith was a natural born leader, with a good cricket brain and he led from the front. He was highly respected and everyone knew he was in charge.

I am a big fan of Aiden Markram, and I do feel he will be the next Protea captain, one day.

He has to however concentrate on his own game first before adding the responsibilities of captaincy on him. Markram is highly talented and has enormous potential, but it is vitally important that his Protea career progression is not rushed before it’s time.

In a perfect world, Faf would stay on as captain, and guide the young Markram in the next year, take him under his wing and mentor his successor. It is essential that the youngsters in the team blend and grow with the more senior players, as they can learn and feed off each other.

That will make for an easier transition when the likes of Amla, Elgar & Faf retire, because they would have built a strong group of players that will carry South African Cricket for the next 10 years, who will then nurture the next set of newcomers.

Faf is the right man for the job. He just needs to remind everyone why.



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