South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis suggested doing away with the toss in Test cricket as it would help teams compete better when they travel away from home. Faf du Plessis was speaking after his team suffered a 3-0 loss to India where the second and third Test matches followed almost an exact blueprint for the home side India.
“Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts, you’re under pressure,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It was like copy and paste in every Test match.” In the recently-concluded three-match Test series, the Proteas lost all the three tosses and a hapless du Plessis even sent “proxy captain” Temba Bavuma for the toss in the third rubber.
South Africa did start the series on a promising note when centuries from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock helped them score 431 in the first innings of the Vizag Test but lost all the three games by big margins. Doing away with the toss was one of the topics raised during an ICC conclave attended by domestic captains and coaches earlier this year.
Cricket fans across Twitter were quick to pounce on Faf du Plessis for his comment on Indian team batting first, and some fans even went on to claim that the South Africa skipper couldn’t do anything except making lame excuses after the drubbing at the hands of Team India.
And if you thought Faf du Plessis was done with giving horrible excuses, you’re wrong. This guy won’t stop. Lmao. Ridiculous #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/e0qkKGJMGc
Want to take a dig at Faf du Plessis but the CSK fan in me holding me back
K Vijayendra (@k_vijayendra8)
lmao, the cry baby’s audacity. Copy and paste in every match – https://t.co/mYiqf9vmGA
Look, if the captain of the side has this mentality, the team can never bounce back. NEVER.
You saw that in the World Cup. You saw the same in the Test series in India.
Faf needed to do what Kohli did to India in SA after 2 Tests, not what he did here. https://t.co/5XrCI8qqli