Tuesday, May 18: Former South Africa captain and CSK opener Faf du Plessis disclosed that just after the World Cup 2011, he and his wife received death threats on social media after the run out of AB de Villiers due to mixing up with each other. This took place during the semi-final of the World Cup 2011 which was played against New Zealand. At Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, South Africa lost by 49 runs and blown out of the tournament semi-final.
ESPNcricinfo quoted du Plessis as saying, “I received death threats after that (match). My wife received death threats. We turned on social media and we were blown away. It became very personal. There were some very offensive things said that I won’t repeat.”
“It makes you introverted towards people and you put a shield up. All players go through this and it forces us to keep our circles very small. It’s why I’ve worked so hard on creating a safe space within our camp,” du Plessis added.
Before the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL-2021), du Plessis scored 320 runs in 7 matches at an average of 64 runs. Also, he was the third-highest scorer in the IPL-2021 tournament behind Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan who was at 380 runs, and Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul at 331 runs.