Du Plessis has done great things but we need to look at future, Says SA Team Director Enoch Nkwe
South Africa’s cricket establishment recognizes Faf du Plessis’ contribution as a player and captain, but it’s time for them to look to the future with a belief in Quinton’s leadership skills, interim director Enoch Nkwe said Tuesday. While 35-year-old Du Plessis remains the captain on the Test side, Nkwe gave enough evidence that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood into next year’s T20 World In Australia.
“We know what Faf’s position is as captain and player. He’s done great things for SA cricket. However, we also need to see what the future looks like and we firmly believe in Quinton, who will lead the team forward,” Nkwe told reporters with the boss by his side during his inaugural interaction with the media on the scenic HPCA grounds.
“We have a good leader, and it’s an opportunity to start building for the future,” he added.
While admitting India is a formidable team, Nkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 international series, which will begin on Sunday, will help them evaluate the Proteas.
“It’s the beginning of a new chapter, and the focus will be the next series against India. We would be looking to establish a good base for the T20 World Cup next year in Australia,” said Nkwe, who has played 42 first-class games during Gauteng, he said.
“We still have many games, and we have about 20 games (entering the World T20), and we will assess the situation accordingly after these three games. Then we’ll build for the England series and so on.”
De Kock’s experience of playing in India several times will be of great help, Nkwe feels.
“We have a group of guys with enough experience, and the captain himself has played much cricket in India. We have fresh blood that has entered the team, and that’s exciting, and we’ll continue to be competitive,” Nkwe said, exuding confidence.
However, he had no problem admitting that India will be formidable in his backyard.
“Yes, we want to come out with a win in the series, and we hope the whole team is very determined. We’re here to win, and we understand that India’s position is strong in its backyard, but we’re going to give one hundred percent,” the Acting Director said. Additional.
De Kock, for his part, feels that adaptability is the key and believes Dharamsala’s lead will help hitters.
“I’ve been here before, but I haven’t played here. The last time we were here, the wicket played very well,” he said.
“I think Rohit got a hundred here, but we ended up chasing him. So the only game I’ve experienced here, it could be a good wicket. However, we’re getting to the unknown, and we’d like to adapt very quickly.”