South Africa’s middle-order batsman Faf du Plessis has stepped down as the T20I and Test captain of the team with immediate effect. The right-handed batsman has decided to focus on his batting in all 3 formats and leave the leadership job to a young generation. Quinton de Kock, who previously became a stand-in captain for the Proteas, will now hold the captaincy seat as an official leader.
Faf du Plessis said that it was a tough decision to make by highlighting the selfless attribute of a leader. “This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton de Kock”, he said.
“In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless”, he further added.
Faf du Plessis did a phenomenal job for South Africa as the captain. Under his leadership, South Africa won 18 out of 36 Test matches, 28 out of 39 ODIs, and 23 out of 37 T20I matches. He is the only captain to lead Proteas to victory in both home and away series against Australia.