Faf du Plessis takes responsibility of de Villiers' run out against India

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Faf du Plessis takes responsibility of de Villiers' run out against India

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SportsCafe Desk

06/12/2017

Faf du Plessis has come out and taken the responsibility for AB de Villiers’s run out which proved to be the turning point in the match against India, yesterday. The South African also claimed that the crowd at the Oval was too loud which created a problem for the batsmen while communicating.

With the score at 140/2, in 28 overs, South Africa appeared to be heading for a good total when disaster struck. On the second ball of the 29th over, du Plessis placed a ball towards point and called for a single. Hardik Pandya was alive to the danger and, not only did he get to the ball quickly, he also sent in a dead accurate throw to Dhoni who whipped off the bails in a flash. 

"I take full responsibility for AB's run-out. That's my fault. Obviously, he (de Villiers) is a big player for us and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game. Big mistake on my part running AB out," du Plessis said after the game.

"You see, I just tried to take a one with my partner out there and it didn't work. I wasn't searching for runs, I wasn't even facing. There was a call out there, and I thought we could get through for the one," de Villiers added.

But South Africa's embarrassment did not end there as they ended up losing another seven wickets for just 51 runs. After the game, Du Plessis said that following the de Villiers wicket, the crowd was so loud that it was difficult for the batsmen to communicate in the middle. 

"I suppose, after that moment, Dave (Miller) came in and we discussed that it is extremely loud out there and difficult to hear each other so the communication between the two of us was just for the next five overs, just play it as risk-free as possible. Try and get the partnership going in, settle the partnership because the last thing you want to do is go wicket, wicket. And then two or three balls later, obviously a miscommunication, and then Dave came down and ran. Not a great sight to see two guys standing in the crease," the 33-year-old said.

Even though the Proteas received a lot of criticism for their performance and inability to perform in pressure situations, du Plessis was quick to praise the Indian team for an allround performance on the day. 

"I thought India bowled well in the first 10 overs, there was an opportunity there for us to maybe put them under pressure which we didn't do. It was a day where India dominated us in all aspects and it shouldn't happen. 

"When India were batting they took the pressure, created momentum and then just ran with it. We had a similar opportunity where it was needed for someone, or, two guys to just put the pressure back on the Indian team and you run with it. We didn't do that today. They put us under pressure and we made mistakes and we couldn't get out of it," concluded du Plessis.

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