IPL 2022 Qualifier 2: Ravi Shastri lauds captain Faf du Plessis’s calming influence in RCB camp 


Former India head coach Ravi Shastri said not a lot of people have spoken about Faf du Plessis’s impact on Royal Challengers Bangalore but the South Africa star has brought a calming influence to the team in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Speaking to Star Sports, Ravi Shastri lauded Faf du Plessis’s leadership when things got tense during the Eliminator between RCB and Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday, May 25.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully defended 207-run total against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator. RCB broke the Eliminator jinx, ending a 2-year run wherein they were knocked out in the first hurdle of the playoffs.

“They kept their nerves towards their end I thought Faf’s calmness was brilliant. You might not talk about it as a captain. But in situations like this when it can get tight. I thought he was very good with the way he marshalled his troops, with his field placing. Just his influence on the game to back the calmness was good to see,” Shastri told Star Sports.

Faf du Plessis kept 2 overs of Harshal Patel for the death and the move worked as the India pacer choked the LSG batters at the death.

The RCB captain, who took over after Virat Kohli stepped down from the role after the IPL 2021, heaped praise on Harshal, saying he is the one who goes to when the team is under pressure with the ball.

“Harshal is the joker in the pack. A special card I can pick. He bowls the important overs. Second last one over from him changed the game for us,” du Plesis said.

Faf du Plessis has led the RCB batting unit from the front, scoring 443 runs in 15 matches including 3 fifties. The former South Africa captain has been a solid presence in the dressing room. Former captain Virat Kohli also said he respects the authority that Faf du Plessis has in the role.

“Faf (du Plessis) and I have always gotten along really well even when he was captain of South Africa. Faf is a guy who is sure of himself and he has full authority on the field,” Virat Kohli said during a light-hearted chat with presenter Danish Sait on RCB Insider.

“He tells me sometimes, if I mention things, that he doesn’t want to do that, which I respect a lot. That only makes you gain respect for the person you are playing under.”

RCB will face Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday, May 27.



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