Faf: Through Fire
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Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis slammed former Proteas batter, Daryll Cullinan, for treating him badly as a youngster in his soon to be released book. Watching the India v/s South Africa New Year Test at the Newlands is among his favorite cricket memories. In a completely different take from his usual cricketing glam, Faf has talked about secrets that have shaped him as the bloke that he has become today, a crucible forged out of fire.
Back then, Australia was still very much in an era when “fraternising” with the opposition during a series was frowned upon - humanising opponents was not considered appropriate since it made sledging them much harder to accomplish. Despite the challenges in Du Plessis’ childhood with respect to his parents’ dynamic, his father instilled the discipline and mental toughness that allowed him to successfully navigate the hurdles he faced throughout his professional career.He also reveals what really happens behind the scenes at sporting clubs/organisations – such as Cricket South Africa. We suspected that someone had been nurturing the ball too much to get it to reverse so wildly, and we watched the second Test at St George’s through binoculars, so that we could follow the ball more closely while Australia was fielding. He scored his only T20I century against West Indies in January 2015,  becoming the first South African to score centuries in all three formats of the game.
And Hussey, whose career spanned both the end of Australia’s dominant era and the early days of players such as Maxwell, Khawaja, Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, is adamant that times have changed for the better. In October 2020, he was drafted by the Colombo Kings for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. As I got to 10, 11, 12, that’s when I really [realised] cricket was something I was blessed with as a talent.Throughout the book, Du Plessis insists that South African teams are at their strongest when leaders pay attention to soft skills in conjunction with hard skills.