In the face of a thoroughly prominent show by South Africa in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Durban on Sunday ( March 10 ) , where they whip the visitors by 71 runs to clinch the series and seize an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series , captain Faf Du Plessis has formulate some strong and crucial words about his batsmen and pressured the need about ‘raising their standards’ .
“We spoke a little about the batting in the previous game, and wanting to be better and raising the standards. Just purely on personal performance, 20s and 30s are not going to win us the World Cup.” Du Plessis said.
“If you’re doing okay, that’s not enough. We want those standards to be higher and better, because that’s what is going to be the difference. We can’t have a mediocre batting line-up and one or two guys performing at the World Cup. We need two or three guys every single game to put their hand up.” admitted the South African skipper.
The 34-year old expressed the desire to bring out the positive brand of cricket and also expressed the need to quell their conservative approach in order to be successful, especially with World Cup around the corner. “You need to be prepared to take the risks, you’re brave enough to take the risks, and you’re not scared of failing. Just playing a conservative style of cricket, I don’t believe it’s going to win you the World Cup.”