SA T20 2024: Faf du Plessis Shares Insights on Playing with MS Dhoni

SA T20 2024: Faf du Plessis Shares Insights on Playing with MS Dhoni
SA T20 2024: Faf du Plessis Shares Insights on Playing with MS Dhoni

Faf du Plessis, a former captain of South Africa, acknowledged the impact Indian wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni had on his leadership. 

Faf du Plessis stated that he feels fortunate to have had early-career guidance from MS Dhoni throughout his cricket career.

From 2011 till 2021, Faf du Plessis was a player for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

SA T20 2024: Faf du Plessis Shares Insights on Playing with MS Dhoni

Against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League final, he turned in a performance that won the match.

He was named Player of the Match and helped CSK win their fourth championship.

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The Joburg Super Kings will remain under Du Plessis’ direction for the forthcoming SA20 season.

In the first edition, the 39-year-old was the team’s second-highest run scorer.

With 369 runs, the right-handed hitter scored two half-centuries and a century.

Before the second season of SA20, Faf du Plessis talked candidly about his early years in the Chennai Super Kings locker room during a press conference.

He claimed that during his first trip, he learned a lot from watching seasoned players.

First of all, as a young man, it was awesome to be a member of that dressing room. Being fortunate enough to work under Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni at the beginning of my journey was perhaps my biggest learning curve.

It was excellent to watch the pros in action and pick up tips from them. I was just sitting there, watching them, and asking questions throughout my first season, Du Plessis remarked.

Du Plessis led the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad over the last two Indian Premier League seasons after assuming captaincy in 2022. 

But in the first SA20 tournament, the former captain of South Africa was signed by the Johannesburg Super Kings.

Faf du Plessis emphasised the need of adopting tactics that play to one’s abilities as opposed to copying other people’s approaches.

SA T20 2024: Faf du Plessis Shares Insights on Playing with MS Dhoni

He praised MS Dhoni’s ability to remain composed under duress, emphasising his beneficial impact on the bowling unit.

Additionally, you learn how crucial it is to follow your own path by playing under some incredible leaders. Du Plessis said, “It’s not possible to copy different styles all the time.”

“MS, as they call him, is Captain Cool. He never loses composure under duress.

Therefore, it’s crucial to maintain your composure under pressure or when the stakes are a little higher.

This is especially true for the bowling attack. Extremely fortunate to have worked with him,” he continued.

In the most recent season, MS Dhoni guided the Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL championship, matching the record held by the Mumbai Indians.

After undergoing knee surgery to treat a chronic ailment last year, the former Indian captain is currently recuperating.

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