Faf du Plessis, the current captain of the RCB and a former captain of South Africa, has hinted at returning to international cricket ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA.
Du Plessis last played for South Africa in December 2020 and has since become a world traveler, participating in franchise leagues across the globe. The 39-year-old won the 2021 Indian Premier League with CSK, and he was acquired by the team in the 2022 auction.
The opening batsman hit 730 runs in 14 matches with eight fifties to his name in the 2023 season. South Africa coach Rob Walter had hinted that the door was still open for Du Plessis to make a return, and the former Proteas captain has now lifted the lid on his potential return to the international circuit. Since joining the Bengaluru-based team, Du Plessis has amassed 1198 runs over two seasons.
“I believe that I can return to international cricket as well. We have been speaking about this for the last couple of years. It is just figuring out the balance of the T20 World Cup next year. It is certainly something we have spoken about with the new coach. Watch this space,” Du Plessis said to the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The 39-year-old acknowledged that he has been in talks about returning to the Proteas for the past couple of years.
Additionally, Du Plessis stated that he works extremely hard to ensure that his body is taken care of so that he can continue to play the amazing game that we all adore. He explained, saying, “There is a lot of fast running and a lot of stuff to make sure that level where you can play against the best players in the world. When you do get a little bit older, you have to make sure you put in the work.”