Former South Africa captain and current Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Faf du Plessis, has dropped a tantalizing hint about returning to international cricket in preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024. Du Plessis, a seasoned campaigner, last donned the Proteas jersey in December 2020 and has since established himself as one of the premier openers in T20 cricket, showcasing his skills across various franchise leagues worldwide.
The 39-year-old has been a globetrotter, excelling in T20 leagues after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Chennai Super Kings in 2021. In 2022, he was acquired by RCB and entrusted with the captaincy, a role he embraced with distinction.
Having accumulated 1198 runs across two seasons with RCB, including a prolific 2023 season where he amassed 730 runs in 14 matches with eight fifties, du Plessis remains a force to be reckoned with. His consistent performances have prompted speculation about his potential return to the South African national team.
South Africa coach Rob Walter had previously hinted that the door was open for du Plessis to make a comeback, and the veteran cricketer has now provided more insights into the discussions surrounding his return. Speaking to the Abu Dhabi T10 League, du Plessis expressed confidence in his ability to make a successful return, stating, “I believe that I can return to international cricket as well. We have been speaking about this for the last couple of years. It’s just figuring out the balance for the T20 World Cup next year. It’s certainly something we have spoken about with the new coach. Watch this space.”
Acknowledging the necessity of maintaining peak physical condition as he ages, du Plessis emphasized the hard work he puts in to ensure he can compete at the highest level. The prospect of du Plessis’ return adds intrigue to South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign, providing a seasoned campaigner to bolster the team’s batting lineup.
Faf du Plessis‘ potential return to international cricket is poised to inject experience and firepower into the Proteas squad, offering fans a tantalizing storyline leading up to the T20 World Cup 2024.