'He has marshaled his troops well' - Ravi Shastri lauds RCB skipper Faf du Plessis

‘He has marshaled his troops well’ – Ravi Shastri lauds RCB skipper Faf du Plessis

"Just his influence on the game to back the calmness was good to see,” Shastri said.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis of Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has lauded Faf du Plessis for his leadership skills with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022. Shastri spoke about du Plessis’ influence as a skipper on RCB, and praised his quality to tackle his teammates on the field.

Shastri also appreciated the way du Plessis handled intense and tight situations for RCB in the season and also said that the South African stalwart’s calmness on the field has been impressive. Notably, in the Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants, it was du Plessis’ decision to keep two overs of Harshal Patel quota for the death overs, which later turned around as a masterstroke for RCB as Patel restricted the LSG batters.

“They kept their nerves towards their end I thought Faf’s calmness was brilliant. You might not talk about it as a captain. But in situations like this when it can get tight, I thought he was very good with the way he marshaled his troops. Just his influence on the game to back the calmness was good to see,” Shastri said in an interview with Star Sports.

Talking about Harshal’s bowling, du Plessis had said: “Harshal is the joker in the pack. A special card I can pick. He bowls the important overs. The second last one over from him changed the game for us.”

To note, du Plessis had taken over the responsibility of captaincy after Kohli decided to quit duty. Bangalore won eight games out of the total of 14 in the league stage of IPL 2022, followed by the 14-run win against LSG in the Eliminator.

Kohli has also spoken up on his bond with Faf du Plessis and appreciated his competency. “Faf (du Plessis) and I have always gotten along really well even when he was captain of South Africa. Faf is a guy who is sure of himself and he has full authority on the field.”