November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
It is great to see a new player grab his opportunity to play sport at the highest level with both hands and make a statement: “I have arrived!”.
This year we saw a number of players debut for the Springboks, many of them performing well but only one really stamped his authority on the game, Eben Etzebeth.
Last weekend in the Ireland vs Argentina game young Craig Gillroy took his chances and made his statement and it was great to watch.
But few players this year made as bold a statement as FAF du Plessis over the past week. In his debut match against the Aussies he started with a half century and followed that up with a match saving unbeaten century in the second innings. Now, in his second test, he made another unbeaten half century to save some face for the Proteas.
I realise that good starts in international careers don’t always mean longevity and that poor starts don’t always mean the scrapheap, Jacques Kallis being a good example of the latter, but in the modern game you normally don’t get many opportunities to prove your worth, which makes FAF’s first three innings in international cricket so heart warming.
Well done FAF!