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Faf du Plessis blasts ‘mediocre’ South Africa after World Cup exit

Faf du Plessis blasts ‘mediocre’ South Africa after World Cup exit”

Pakistan were desperate for a positive result after enduring a "difficult" week following a below-par performance against India in the World Cup but the win over South Africa is "not an answer to the critics", says skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

"But as players, we need to front up to this challenge and I need to be part of that".

Du Plessis said his players were suffering from a chronic lack of confidence. "We are here to play cricket, and like any other side, believe we can win the World Cup", said Sarfaraz in an interview released to the Pakistani media by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Five defeats from seven matches so far, having beaten only minnows Afghanistan in the tournament, Du Plessis demanded his players take more responsibility.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis walks after being dismissed.

"Everyone has played the game long enough to understand you go through highs and lows".

"I would like to tell Babar Azam that when you consider Virat Kohli your idol then you should also learn to play like him". It just rolls on, it's such a snowball effect. I'm a very proud player and captain, and playing for South Africa means a lot for me, and the fact that the results we're dishing out at the moment - you know, it's really, really tough, and borderline. today, it's a little bit embarrassing. "We need to win our remaining three matches to harbour any hopes of reaching the semi-finals, but the confidence is there so we will be taking it match by match".

"It's important we find space to rest our three-format players". The fact we are playing way below our potential is not something that sits well with me. The humiliating exit prompted them to rethink their strategy and it bore fruit as a new core of aggressive players led by Eoin Morgan catapulted them to the top of the ODI rankings. Embarrassing, a resigned-looking du Plessis said, after a 49-run loss to opponents who had come in with plenty of their own issues.

"I don't think we'll ever have a ideal answer for that because he's probably biting on too much", du Plessis said when asked about Rabada's workload.

"I've always said the most enjoyment I get from the game is captaining the side. Keep backing your country, we all are playing for Pakistan", Shadab said on Twitter. They are trying incredibly hard. "My character is I will try to fix as many problems as I can".



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