Cape Town - The Proteas will have
to be ‘smart’ in their approach and game plans for their ICC World Twenty20
Group 1 match against the West Indies in Nagpur on Friday.
Proteas captain, Faf
du Plessis, says the vast change in conditions from the Wankhede Stadium to the
VCA Stadium will require a different mindset to make the transition, as they
prepare for a powerful onslaught from the men from the Caribbean who are
unbeaten in the tournament.
“What has been important is
the fact that as a team we rely on being smart and on making the correct
decisions depending on the surface on the day,” he said to the media on
“You need to consistently prepare for those sort of scenarios. In
every match you need to adapt, you don’t rely on one game plan or on one
specific batsman to come off.
“We do that well as a team,”
“As a batting unit we adapt quickly and we are smart in our
decision-making. We have players who can play quite a few different roles, that
is going to be the key here. If it’s a slow bunsen burner then we have to make
the transition a lot quicker than the West Indies.”
Du Plessis says it’s
important to ‘peak’ at the right time due to the fast-paced nature of the
tournament, and has taken encouragement from the way the bowlers continue to
make improvements following the loss to England and the win against
Afghanistan. The conditions in Nagpur have opened up the opportunity to play
two frontline spinners, which leaves a difficult selection conundrum on the
make-up of the fast bowling attack.
“It’s a nice headache to
have,” he said of selection.
“As a team we have done well over the last 18
months without Dale Steyn, who brings a lot of experience to the squad. Kagiso
(Rabada) has stepped up, Kyle Abbott has been a silent assassin, he does his
job without anybody noticing so everyone has performed. We have had a few of
these headaches for the selection of this game. For the first time we have
depth as a team, we are relying on that depth to come through.
“You can’t come here thinking
any match is going to be easy,” he said.
“Afghanistan was a difficult game for
us, I still think that they can beat someone in this tournament. We would have
liked to start that first match with a win after posting 230 but it didn’t work
out that way. We know that we have to play our best cricket leading up to the
“It’s a nice boat to be in,”
added. “You have to peak at the right time, that is when you win tournaments.
As a team we have been going at 60% for a while and I’m hoping we’ll step it up
a gear as we head into the crunch matches.”