‘Like breaking up with a girlfriend’: Faf Du Plessis on India’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Heartbreak

(L to R) Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma© AFP

Former South African cricket team skipper Faf du Plessis believes the Indian cricketers are still ‘heartbroken’ after their loss in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final and said it is a bit like ‘breaking up with a girlfriend’. India won ten matches on the trot in the competition before losing to Australia in the summit clash. Most of the players were rested for the T20I series against Australia but will be back in action during the upcoming tour of South Africa. In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Du Plessis opened up about the challenges that the players may face in the upcoming T20I series.

“It’s a big challenge. I remember going through a similar experience as a cricketer when we were going through the highs and lows of the 2015 World Cup. The heartache you have to deal with takes some time and it’s a bit like breaking up with a girlfriend. You can’t just get over it straight away. India were so amazing in the way they played at this World Cup. They were unbelievable, the way they went about their business. They want it the same way, and they will be devastated. It was their World Cup to win. It will take some time and time heals everything,” said Du Plessis.

“Your first series back feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Obviously there are such quality players there and some experienced players who I’m sure will help manage the young guys well,” he added.

earlier. Du Plessis had hinted at a possible return to international cricket at the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Du Plessis last played for the national team back in December 2020 and since then he has been playing T20I cricket for various franchises around the world. Du Plessis was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction and has been exceptionally successful for the team.

On the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, the veteran star revealed his possible plans for the upcoming competition with the South African cricket team.

“I believe I can come back to international cricket as well. We’ve been talking about this for the last couple of years. It’s just figuring out the balance in the T20 World Cup next year. It’s definitely something we’ve talked about with the new coach. Watch this space,” Du Plessis said.

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