We wanted to do Superman things: Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s World Cup failures

first_imgWe wanted to do Superman things: Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s World Cup failuresSouth Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matches. The team has never gone past the semi-final stages of the World Cup. Du Plessis highlighted that the team needs to overcome its fear of failure to succeed in the World Cupadvertisement Asian News International DubaiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 10:42 IST South Africa and du Plessis are trying hard to shed the ‘chokers’ tag at World CupsHIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matchesFaf du Plessis believes that previously the team has been guilty of putting too much pressure on itselfIn the 2019 World Cup, du Plessis’ focus is on the Proteas enjoying themselvesSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis on Sunday said that the team wanted to do play like a superhero in the previous editions of the World Cup, adding that his team leaves no stone unturned in giving their best during such tournaments.”In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Du Plessis as saying.”We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket,” he added.South Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matches. The team has never gone past the semi-final stages of the World Cup. Du Plessis highlighted that the team needs to overcome its fear of failure to succeed in the World Cup.”We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains. But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them,” Du Plessis said.”There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the World Cup is for some of them. Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths,” he added.advertisementThe 34-year-old also said that the team would go with the best possible playing XI in every match, hinting that Hashim Amla’s form in the warm-up matches will play a key role in his selection in the playing XI in the first match against England.”In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game. We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in form we will pick them,” Du Plessis said.South Africa squad for the World Cup: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa take on Sri Lanka and West Indies in the warm-up matches before the World Cup on May 24 and May 26.The team will face England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de VilliersAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers tagFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwarilast_img read more