Former South Africa captain hints at return to international cricket for T20 World Cup 2024!
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that he is considering a return to international cricket for next year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
Du Plessis has not played an international match since playing for South Africa in the second Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2021. His last white-ball encounter for his country was a T20I contest against England in Cape Town in late 2020.
However, the 39-year-old has been performing exceptionally well at the domestic level in recent times. He was the second-highest run-scorer in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League, behind only Shubman Gill. Du Plessis made an impressive contribution of 730 runs in 14 innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Du Plessis is currently in Abu Dhabi to participate in another domestic tournament. He has indicated that he is in discussions with South Africa's new white-ball coach Rob Walter regarding a possible return to the international scene before the T20 World Cup begins in the USA and West Indies next year.
Du Plessis said, "I am confident that I can make a comeback in international cricket."
"We've been talking about this for the last few years. It's about finding the balance for the T20 World Cup next year. It's definitely something we've talked about with the new coach "
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led the team in two T20 World Cup campaigns in 2014 and 2016. However, despite not having officially retired from international white-ball, his name has not been considered for the last two editions of the tournament. Cricket.
Recently, South African team selector Linda Walter hinted at the possibility of the return of du Plessis and other experienced players. He mentioned a group of players whose names were not considered for the upcoming tour of India.
Although Du Plessis no longer has a central playing contract with South Africa, he has an impressive record of 23 international centuries across all three formats. Despite this setback, he firmly believes that his physical condition is in excellent condition to make a comeback and represent his country in cricket once again.