Du Plessis takes the blame

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - ZAAHIER ADAMS

PROTEAS Test cap­tain Faf du Plessis has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his role in the cru­cial run out of AB de Vil­liers in Sun­day’s crush­ing eight-wicket de­feat to In­dia at The Oval.

De Vil­liers was caught short of his ground in the 29th over, even af­ter putting in a “su­per­man” dive af­ter Du Plessis called him through for a quick sin­gle. De Vil­liers’s dis­missal pre­cip­i­tated a mas­sive col­lapse with South Africa los­ing eight wick­ets for 51 runs to be dis­missed for just 191.

One of the eight wick­ets to fall was an­other run out just five balls later. This one was even more em­bar­rass­ing with Du Plessis in­volved again. On this oc­ca­sion both bats­men were found try­ing to make their ground at the same end al­low­ing In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli to ca­su­ally take off the bails at the other end.

“I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for AB’s run-out. That’s my fault,” Du Plessis said in the ICC’s me­dia mixed zone. “Ob­vi­ously, he is a big player for us, and he was look­ing good and it was a crunch time in the game. Big mis­take from my part to run out AB. That’s ob­vi­ously never part of your plan when you prep for a game.

“But I thought In­dia in that time were re­ally good, they started get­ting a few dot balls. That ob­vi­ously cre­ated a lit­tle bit of pres­sure. So, an er­ror of judg­ment from my side look­ing for the sin­gle. Good field­ing from their point of view.

“And then to make it hap­pen an­other two overs later when Dave went for the run. Changed the game com­pletely. And from putting us in a good po­si­tion, put us in a re­ally bad po­si­tion. Cru­cial mo­ment in the game.”

Du Plessis and De Vil­liers have a che­quered past of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The pair were in­volved in a run out in the 2011 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal against New Zealand in Dhaka that ul­ti­mately ended in de­feat, too. Equally, in SA’s last en­counter with In­dia at the 2015 World Cup at the MCG, the duo were in­volved in yet an­other mix-up with De Vil­liers be­ing the vic­tim yet again.

Du Plessis was dis­missed shortly af­ter Miller’s run out and ad­mit­ted that it was hard to fo­cus on the rest of the in­nings af­ter the two big wick­ets pulled the rug out un­der South Africa’s in­nings.

“You try and forget about it. You try and fo­cus what’s in front of you. There was still a lot of cricket to be played. But it def­i­nitely is still there and it’s about get­ting through it,” Du Plessis said.

“I ran AB out and it was im­por­tant for me to be there still to­wards the end to get to some sort of to­tal we could de­fend. But I then got out. I thought it was a pretty av­er­age day at the of­fice for all of us. We weren’t at our best and credit to In­dia for putting us un­der pres­sure.”

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