• IPL has unlocked the talent

    April 22, 2016 Faf du Plessis ... making merry

    In the World T20, AB and Faf were scratching through the garbage in search of a run. Now they are high-rolling in the IPL.

    So what gives? How is it that, in the Green and Gold, their performances were so subdued, yet in the flashy world of IPL, they are again swinging free?

    Take AB for starters: In four innings at the global event, he gathered 110 runs, of which 64 came against Afghanistan alone. Faf harvested 98: 41 came against the Afghans and 31 against Sri Lanka in the match that didn’t matter.

    Yet, just four games into the IPL season, on the same grounds, against many of the bowlers encountered at the World Cup, our dynamic duo were among the top five batsmen, and standing shoulder to shoulder on the number of sixes hammered. They were playing with a joie de vivre and a freedom not seen in the national colours for some considerable time.

    You only had to watch Du Plessis having three goes in a row scooping Kyle Abbott to realise there was a certain devil-may-care attitude. I cannot for a moment imagine him attempting such a feat in the World T20.

    Perhaps it lies in the fact that the IPL is pure entertainment. Of course they would like to win, and will do their best, but you get the impression that it is more about attacking and entertaining and letting the result take care of itself.

    They play with gay abandon, taking outrageous risks and ramping up their reputations for ‘that’s the way they play’, to the raucous approval of Pommie Mbangwa and Danny Morrison.

    Gone is that blanket of oppression that seems to descend on the Proteas whenever they are faced with an international tournament; staggering under the weight of a desperate desire to win and appease the political masters; to avoid the ‘Bunch of Losers’ tag so readily spewed by a Minister of Gala Events and Good Times.

    That, to me, suggests a management problem; one which cannot or will not address the players’ psychological approach.

    You cannot tell me that AB and Faf go from being artists to house painters on a whim. I will never accept it’s because they do not want to play for the Green and Gold. They are both enormously proud professionals who desperately want to do the country proud. Perhaps that is the problem: the weight of expectation.

    I reckon the Green and Gold needs be ramped up with a splash of luminous paint, a dash of glitter, a few cheerleaders and a lot more rah-rah.

    Actually, it is worth looking at Quinton de Kock, who, after a massive slump has found his mojo in a big way. It is interesting that when he was trying to pull himself back to his self-imposed levels of excellence, both his franchise coach Rob Walter and the SA A coach Vince Barnes urged him to go out and play with freedom and ignore the consequences; Just Go And PLAY, they told him.

    It seemed to have worked. He was the top-scorer for the Proteas at the World Cup with 153, averaging nearly 40.

    He has enhanced that form in the IPL, becoming the first to score a ton as he picked up 184 runs in three games.

    Contrast that, too, to David Miller. Now there is a man burdened by expectation; in this case the captaincy of the Kings XI. It is doing him no good.

    Somehow, the Proteas management need to find a way to put players in a good space, so that can enjoy winning.



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    100 comments
    Selvin Gramany
    Selvin Gramany

    Hope to see AB playing similiar innings in the big games.....

    Sunil Harilal
    Sunil Harilal

    Cos there is no SA politics in the IPL...lol...you don't need a certain amount of colour in the side.all they look for is the best...

    Africa Cantor
    Africa Cantor

    stop the money stories its stupid because if money makes u score runs india will win everything if any player plays good for there country they will come into good contracts we all know that but some peeps who only c there own probs in money and black and white will c that prob in others 20/20 should be like 7's rugby hbc format then only ull c who is who

    Laurence Moth
    Laurence Moth

    The Protease have no balls when the pressure is on including AB

    Brian Makoni
    Brian Makoni

    bowlers in IPL are not good as international thats why

    ReaganGallant
    ReaganGallant

    This is what happens when you want to tell a professional on how to do his job.

    Knowledgee Japu Japu Chauke
    Knowledgee Japu Japu Chauke

    Playing for the country gives players a lot of pressure but lets hope there are gaining exprience of leadership when it come to play for the @Proteas

    Jerome Martinez
    Jerome Martinez

    Why do they score runs in this Mickey Mouse tournament but choke when it comes to the world cup

    Chuma Mawisa
    Chuma Mawisa

    Under pressure adjust conditions let play normal cricket and enjoy ipl

    William Moses
    William Moses

    I think the coach did not give them the freedom to play their shots.

    Guy Stone
    Guy Stone

    Him and Gary gold are coupled on the tote

    PJ Goedhals
    PJ Goedhals

    AB de Villiers - "Best batsmen in World Cricket" - slaps nameless Indian domestic cricketers around in the IPL and slaps a 44 ball 149 against the Windies in an insignificant ODI series but this is his record in World Cups as well as Champions Trophy 'Must win knockout matches' (ie. lose and we're out) Champions Trophy: 2006: group game vs Pakistan - 10 semi final vs Windies - 46 2009: last group game vs England - 36 2013: 2 must win group games vs Pakistan and the Windies - 31, 37 semi final vs England - 0 50 over World Cup: 2007: last super 8 group game vs England - 42 semi final vs Australia - 15 2011: quarter final vs New Zealand - 35 2015: quarter final vs Sri Lanka - DNB semi final vs New Zealand - 65* (lost by 4 wickets) T20 world cup: 2007: Super 8 group game vs India - 1 2009: last group game vs New Zealand (won by 1 run) - 15 semi final vs Pakistan (lost by 7 runs) - 1 2010: last group game vs Afghanistan - 17 last super 8 group game vs England (lost by 39 runs) - 5 2012: super 8 group game vs Australia (lost by 8 wickets) - 21 2014: semi final vs India (lost by 6 wickets) - 10 2016: group game vs the Windies (lost by 3 wickets) - 10 50 over stats: 317 runs in 10 innings at 35.22 20 over stats: 80 runs in 8 innings at 10 combined stats: 397 runs in 18 innings and thanks to his not out in the 2015 semi final, his average is boosted to 23.35. Best batsmen in the world? Definitely not under pressure. And that friends, is all she wrote.

    PJ Goedhals
    PJ Goedhals

    No, ABs great. Would be the first name on my list if I was a franchise owner or national selector. I just want to show everyone how badly their he favourite cricketer chokes under pressure.

    D'Angelo Whyte
    D'Angelo Whyte

    You must really be jealous of AB! Posting this everywhere to make him look bad. Taylor was right, haters gonna hate hate hate..

    Kay Mzuvukile Mdleko
    Kay Mzuvukile Mdleko

    Thank you PJ, I've been telling people AB isn't what they think he is. He is a chocker.

    Tristan Keuning
    Tristan Keuning

    Only AB hater in the world ^ PJ... best South African batsmen of all time with an average of 52 in tests, 55 in ODI's at a sr of 100... Must have taken you a week to write that junk

    Olga Maytham
    Olga Maytham

    U make us proud AB&FAF seems like the people overseas believe more in u than yre own country.. can't wait 2 have u back in SA

    Greg Jantjies
    Greg Jantjies

    well never know what's going on in the protea camp bcoz players won't express any disappointments till they stop playing and talk afterwards like Alvero. Get the managing right then we'll be ok, in fact we need a coach from overseas who won't keep his mouth shut wen it comes to selection

    Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
    Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

    I'm not surprised that their scoring runs in the IPL with all the money they receive

    Anil Saket
    Anil Saket

    Absolutely right. AB has great potential. But only for IPL, not for his country.

    Muhammad Moosa
    Muhammad Moosa

    Kohlis rhythm helps AB both in the rotation of strike and boundary hitting. Unlike Amla who is spectacular up front but fades later,Kohli accelerates as his innings progresses and he has a wider range than Faf. This assists AB in playing his natural game.

    Mzamo Booysen
    Mzamo Booysen

    Indians gonna find a way to give Kohli the credit

    Malcolm Booyse
    Malcolm Booyse

    Bad commend bru . You dont know the game. Or the role Amla plays.

    Muhammad Moosa
    Muhammad Moosa

    Malcolm Booyse Bro,I've met Amla personally and even played against him in Durban in club cricket.Ill explain his role to you nice and slowly. Hashim is a great opening bat in 20 over stuff .His leg side strength forces bowlers to try the off stump or outside off line but he's excellent there as well. He likes the back foot and can punch through cover and extra cover managing different angles from other guys due to his wristiness.Hes a great stroke player and will also get outside off to flick over fine leg later in his innings. The length bowlers bowl to him is tricky. He can drive both a full length but also punch the back of a length delivery off the back foot past cover. Sometimes he falls over and can be susceptible to being lbw early on. When Hash gets out of form is when his balance is wrong via his trigger movement and he ends up pushing away from is body or falling over. His boundary hitting is best suited for quicker pitches and/or the newer ball i.e. the 1st ten overs. Thereafter his role is to bat through the innings. That also depends on how Quinton is going and which of them gets off to the better start. Hash is not the 6 hitter ,De Kock does that,Stats show that Amlas strike rate in the 1st 10 is around 160ish but then slows to 120ish in the 2nd 10 overs. Kohli starts off quick and is both ferocious in his running as well as a stroke player and fine 6 hitter. He is super fit and his offside /legside hitting zone is about 45/55% . In the past he battled with the outside off line and nicked off in the English series but corrected that and averaged more than 50 when they toured down under. His angled squeeze of the Yorker makes it a boundary option for him . Another difference between Amla and Kohli is Kohli getting quicker in his strike rate in the 2nd 10 whilst still batting through the innings. I think Kohlis anticipation and reading of bowlers is the best in the game together with AB. He can both dominate the attack and support AB when he's flowing.All this helps AB as does Kohlis consistency.He had some crazy average in the international format. Whilst Amla is very stylistically similar to Zaheer Abbas,Kohli is quite unique.Still think I don't know the game ?

    Sibiya Bongani
    Sibiya Bongani

    Ja, the main problem with them in the national team is that they carry a lot of responsibility and this makes them to play with no freedom

    Marlon Thuynsma
    Marlon Thuynsma

    Think they do need a head-doctor. Mentally it seems they playing without major pressure... their talent flow easily in the #iPL. Playing for Proteas is pressure everybody expects you to win.

    Herman Kloppers
    Herman Kloppers

    Not only them but all the Proteas in the IPL. Makes me wonder what is the difference. Maybe it has to do with coaching and game plan instructions?

    Zebi Mokoena
    Zebi Mokoena

    Herman i think that might be the problem

    Sphah Mbambo
    Sphah Mbambo

    Bt steyn is still a flop....even in the ipl

    Herman Kloppers
    Herman Kloppers

    Sphah Mbambo Steyn IS out of form should never have been selected

    Omarco Johnson
    Omarco Johnson

    I Respect you Admin whoever you are Male / Female you are unbiased and talk the Truth #Respect #Keepupthegoodwork

    Mpelo Pisto Kolele
    Mpelo Pisto Kolele

    our batsman are not free when they playing for the proteas that's why...we need an australian coach so we can play fearless cricket.

    Henk Tait
    Henk Tait

    Wont. Not a transformation coach. Transformation coach is in place now

    Zebi Mokoena
    Zebi Mokoena

    Same as this year they dropped Phangi and Behardien for Wiese and Morris.

    Siyabonga Mahamba
    Siyabonga Mahamba

    Henk Tait idiot we've had pink choaches who hated transformation and they never achieved anything, Why looser?

    Henk Tait
    Henk Tait

    What is pink coach? Siyabonga Mahamba pink as pig?

    Lubabalo Gareth Ta-Balo Jonas
    Lubabalo Gareth Ta-Balo Jonas

    Siya pink coach? Yho dats vry racist bro,bet yud be makin a lot of noise if a white person wrote a racial remark bwt blaq coach. Australians hav a wining mentality en competing en striving to be da best is wat thy live for. We nid such leadership! A mentor huz gona instill dat belief en freedom in our team. Luk at hw wel England is doin nw

    Zebi Mokoena
    Zebi Mokoena

    With due respect Henk and Siya you guys are out of order

    Mpelo Pisto Kolele
    Mpelo Pisto Kolele

    hate this kak of black and white.coz @ skul our captain was black and we were only 3 blacks guys in the team and we were winning.

    Anda Thuthani
    Anda Thuthani

    When there is depth in any team sport a disaster always happens