Cricket

Good Cricket All Round: AB, Faf & CSA

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, some time in between the Proteas’ Test series against India and England, I was one of those who thought Faf Du Plessis wasn’t worth his place as a batsman in the team, and now, after South Africa’s series victory against Australia and before AB De Villiers stepped down as skipper, I called for Du Plessis to become the permanent Test skipper.

I couldn’t have imagined that anyone at Cricket South Africa would have had the gumption to sit the golden boy of South African cricket down and ask him, even politely, to step aside and hand over the reigns. Tom Sizeland, a cricket writer I follow on Twitter, swrote that the final decision on the Proteas’ captaincy would be made after a conversation between the two and not by the selectors, and I reckon thats really what it’s come down to.

A word on De Villiers. I don’t know him personally nor have I ever met him, but I really didn’t think he would give up the job he had pined for his entire career. Remember last year when the talk was that he could retire from Tests and then sulked until Hashim Amla resigned and AB was given the job? He clearly craved the job and was willing to do just about anything for it. I don’t know if it helps or makes it worse that his very good mate went on to get that job but it was very big of him to put the interests of the team and progress ahead of his own personal ambitions.

As for Du Plessis, I’ve hardly ever rated him as an international cricketer but he has done incredibly well when entrusted with responsibility. During our most recent show, I asked my partner, Sam, if he thought the Proteas would have still won if AB De Villiers was fit enough to play and captain the side. There is no way to know for certain but in my opinion, I don’t reckon they would have, while Sam pointed out that there were stark differences in their styles of captaincy but in the end we reached a consensus that Faf was probably the better man for the job.

Congratulations to Faf Du Plessis on his new position and all the best, I hope he does a great job and takes the team forward.

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Last week, my partner in crime, Sam,  and I were invited to attend the Free State Cricket Union Awards dinner, which honours the best junior, amateur & semi-professional cricketers for both males and females in the province.

During the night we got to meet a delightful young lady named Delmari Hoffmann who won the prize for the under 19 girls’ cricketer of the year and got the chance to interview her as well. She excels in tennis, netball, athletics as well as academics, amongst other things and wants to pursue a career in cricket after she completes high school.

Now Sam and myself have interviewed world champions, international stars, national rugby & cricket players and the biggest names from the Free State in the past few years and we both agreed the interview with Delmari was one of our favourites out of the ones we could remember. She was calm and polite as well as quite funny for the few moments we got to spend with her and it was one of those interviews that flowed easily because she made us want to speak to her since she was genuine and original.

When I started dreaming about getting into sports media, the biggest thing for me was never about rubbing shoulders with superstars or taking selfies with them and casual name dropping when I got the chance. My ambitions grew when I realised I could make a career out of something I love and that I could be very good at it. In the beginning, all I wanted was to share my love for sport with others, meet awesome people and to have fun while doing it. The interview with Delmari helped me remember that.

Thank you very much, Delmari.

Remember her name, she’s going to be a star.