Faf du Plessis, the veteran South African batter, has revealed that he has not found it tough to lead Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Du Plessis has revealed that the two stars have no ego clashes.
Faf du Plessis on Virat Kohli
Former South African captain Faf du Plessis talked openly about how leading Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League wasn’t challenging because the two didn’t have any ego conflicts. Following the conclusion of the IPL’s 2021–22 season, Kohli retired from the position of captain. After Kohli stepped down, Du Plessis took over. While Bangalore could not win the championship, they did make the playoffs again.
Faf du Plessis was recently questioned about the difficulty of captaining a superstar like Kohli in the IPL.
“He’s a much bigger offer than me. You don’t try and compete. The ego is the thing where peacocks generally clash. Then like the feathers come out and you want to see who has got the shiniest in the room. Luckily, I get that about people and relationships. I don’t try and outshine someone else in the dressing room. I try and build a relationship. With Virat, that was exactly my point of entry,” he said.
Kohli had a disappointing IPL 2022 season. He only scored 341 runs at an average of 22.73 and a strike rate of 115.99.
While talking about Kohli, Du Plessis highlighted his admiration for the amount of enthusiasm and intensity he brings to the game.
“I had played against him for so long. He is one of the most competitive guys in the world of cricket to play against. You sit there and you go – how does this guy have so much energy? Every single time a wicket falls, doesn’t matter if it’s a No.11 or an opening batter, his passion for celebration is like you just have to go, ‘I’ll take my hats off to you’. He’s superhuman,” he said.
“When you play with him, you see there is the other side, which is this caring guy that just wants to play cricket, and actually a really family guy. He’s amazing,” he added.