Comilla Victorians’ South African recruit Faf du Plessis claimed that the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 would help him grow as a batsman.
“BPL experience will be good for me. I think every condition you can play in, makes you a better player. To come and play here requires a different skill-set. So it’s about growing as a batsman,” du Plessis told the reporters on Friday after a practice session.
“I’ve been trying to come over for a few years now. The last time I tried, we had a series to play with South Africa and unfortunately couldn’t get released. Then obviously the last two years was Covid. So just delighted to be here,” he added.
The veteran added that although many feel Comilla are favourites in the tournament, he is sure other teams will give them a good challenge in the field.
“The game of cricket is not played on paper. I have played enough teams to know that and there are a lot of strong teams here. For us, it’s making sure we play to our potential and if we do, I’m sure we will be there and about towards the end.
“At the start of the tournament, it’s about getting the balance right and the right team to pick. As the tournament progresses, we will be starting to put our best foot forward,” said the South African, who was overlooked in the national team during the last T20 World Cup.
“Obviously you want to get to franchises where you can be successful. Players like myself want to win trophies and it’s a big part of why we play the sport. So I have the experience I can share with the guys here, from a batting point of view and also from a captaincy point of view,” he said.
“To win the tournament will be the first goal. The second goal as a batter will be to contribute in every match and towards the end of the competition to be there with the leading run-scorers,” he said.
“Playing T20s is nice. I don’t have to wake up at 07:00am to play a Test match. The other day I had to leave the hotel at 7 o’clock to go to practice. So I said to the guys - I retired not to do this anymore and now you are taking me to practice earlier in the morning. But it’s because it’s so many teams which have to practice,” he said.
“T20 is great because you play a lot of games and the tournaments are short, you know, four weeks, in and out and you get to chill out,” he concluded.