After a dreadful start to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament, South Africa got back on winning track against Afghanistan and needed to continue the winning momentum against New Zealand. However, the class of Kiwis proved too much for the Proteas as their World Cup hopes are effectively shattered.
The loss obviously didn’t go down well with South African skipper Faf du Plessis who looked desolated in the presser after the game. The 34-year old admired his unit for putting up a great show and fighting till the last ball. However, he admitted that the defeat ended up hurting him a lot as it brought back the memories of their exit in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 event when they lost to the same opposition in semi-finals.
“You know, it’s tough now. Like you can feel in the dressing room, the guys are hurting. I’m feeling five years older. My body is really sore after that. So we left everything out there, and that’s all I can ask for as a captain, that the guys fought. They showed that,” a gloomy Faf du Plessis said as he shared his feelings in the post-match press conference.