South Africa were quashed mercilessly as India beat them comprehensively by 8 wickets to dump the top-ranked ODI team in the world out of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in London yesterday.
"In 2015, I sat afterwards and I was extremely disappointed. That's what I believe in", he said. "We just did not play well", the 33-year-old batsman reasoned. "We didn't pitch up as a team". "These are the players". After three fours in first six overs, South Africa went 36 balls without a boundary.
CSA National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We have been impressed as a panel by the quality of players coming through our franchise and South Africa "A" system".
"I take full responsibility for AB's run-out", du Plessis said. I can certainly tell you he has led the team really well, he has done everything.
Bumrah's tournament economy rate of 4.47 puts him in the top bracket among bowlers from all over, and he revealed that containing batsmen was one of the strategies the team had adopted in the face of non-helpful conditions. At the Oval on Sunday, South Africa shot itself in the foot, the run out of de Villiers a turning point in the game. There's nothing that he did wrong today.
"The basic plan was that since the ball was not swinging too much, we were just trying to bowl good, hard lengths", he revealed. "If you take wickets, every good team feels under pressure".
De Villiers, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman who scored only 20 runs in three innings in the tournament, is focused on the 2019 World Cup. But we do come up short for some reason in tournaments like this.
"I can not pin point any negatives from today honestly".
"Those five overs‚ in a game like today‚ that is very‚ very big‚" Du Plessis said.
"They had great intensity, they didn't miss the mark very often and bowled pretty well", he added. The answer lies in there. He felt good taking Morris' wicket and described him as risky in the conditions they played in.
"You either settle and get through the pressure and absorb it or you don't‚ and we didn't". There were dropped catches, misfields and a lethargy South African cricket is not known for, especially in light of their performances over the last few months. They equalled their longest winning streak in that time.
The cliche that you can never be sure which Pakistan team will turn up is one the current side have embraced at this tournament.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said the "win or go home" nature of the match would help Pakistan maintain their "crystal clear" focus in what will be the only Group B match at Cardiff.
As a result, South Africa were undercooked and it cost them dearly.
This is what Faf du Plessis said as reported by bdcrictime.com, "That will be my final".