Whilst Virat Kohli racked up another double hundred against Bangladesh, I found it interesting to read a piece on ESPN Cricinfo comparing David Warner and Faf du Plessis.
The piece states that since January 2014, du Plessis has amassed 2621 runs at an average of 58.24 striking the ball at a rate of 90.25. Alongside this, he has amassed 2435 of these runs whilst batting at number three in ODI’s ranking second to New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
It is easy to look past du Plessis’ credentials as a one day batter. Alas, he made his name as a test match blocker, famously batting 466 minutes and 376 balls in order to save a test match against Australia in Adelaide, 2012. What many people fail to see is the all round game du Plessis possess especially in a one day side featuring Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers as well as the lower order prowess of David Miller.
Yes, it is a fact that in his first 45 innings as an ODI cricketer, du Plessis did not score a 100 and averaged 27.55 but his last 52 innings have certainly proved him has a proper cricketer and he surely deserves to be ranked among the best in the world in the one day arena.
With their batting coming to the fore this close to the Champions Trophy, all the South Africans need to find is the right bowling formula and they could well cause unexpected problems at this summer’s Champions Trophy. It would be no surprise to see du Plessis near the top of the run charts for this tournament.