We did not want to injure Dale more, reveals Faf du Plessis

“The chat in the change room was obviously for Dale not to bat," he quoted.

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Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket with teammates. (Photo Source: Twitter)

South African skipper Faf du Plessis is a very pleased man. After brief scares on the penultimate day of the Cape Town Test, the Proteas eventually managed to come out on top to take a 1-0 lead in the series against India. Earlier in the game, they lost the services of their ace bowler Dale Steyn in the first innings. Despite having a bruised heel, Steyn walked out to bat in the second innings of the match.

The South Africa innings was in tatters and hence, Steyn, showed great courage to save the pride for his team. Albeit the innings did not last long enough since AB de Villiers, the man at the non-striker end, ended up getting dismissed, the spirit of Dale was praised by many. Skipper Faf du Plessis is no exception either. He credited Dale for showing great spirit in the match. He also sympathized with Steyn for the fact that he got injured yet again in the match in which he had made his comeback.


“Credit to Dale. He had his pads on before we even thought of mentioning it to him. He wanted to get out there,” quoted Faf du Plessis.

“I feel incredibly bad for Dale. I know, having gone through injuries myself, that it takes a lot of time and effort to get back. Dale worked for a year and he was challenged through periods where he started and got injured again,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Luckily not the shoulder injury

Faf du Plessis revealed that the members in the dressing room did not want Dale to go out and bat. However, they thought that he only had to stand at the crease and let AB de Villiers do the big hitting. Also, du Plessis expressed his sigh of relief that Steyn did not injure his shoulder. Earlier, Steyn himself had admitted that not injuring his shoulder is a big boon.

“The chat in the change room was obviously for Dale not to bat. Luckily it’s not his shoulder again. The injury that he has is something you can get over a lot quicker and we’re looking forward to bringing him back into the fold when he’s fit again,” du Plessis added.

“We don’t want to injure him more, but we said that if AB was there Dale could just go and stand there and hopefully AB can smash a few sixes,” du Plessis explained.

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