Du Plessis gunning for whitewash

Du Plessis gunning for whitewash

Faf du Plessis is the exact opposite of his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli. Where Kohli is an emotional character with an immense drive to win matches, du Plessis comes across as a statesman with a calm head and the thinking hat always on.

His words in the press conferences are always weighed upon with a generous dose of humour mixed with them. The Proteas skipper was asked about if his bromance with bowlers would continue and pat came the reply. "If they can keep getting wickets, then the bromance will be there. If it becomes a bit of drought problem for us, then the relationship will… It's not unconditional love!"

Du Plessis is looking at whitewashing India after having taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series and when he was reminded that the tourists have never lost a Test here, he admitted he was surprised to know that.

"It's an amazing stat," he noted. "If you asked me if they've ever lost a game here, I'd definitely put something on it and say they've lost here. Some grounds, you just get a bit of confidence in the way that you play and then you run with it. I can think of Perth in Australia, where  we've never lost and we get there and we're confident and we can perform. I'm sure they will rely on that. What you can do to try and counter that is  just keep them under pressure. They are a team that's under pressure being 2-0 down in the series," he reminded.

Du Plessis expected India to come back to prove a point because they are "proud team".

"They are a proud team that wouldn't want to go down 3-0 so we're expecting once again a good challenge from them," he felt. "For us as a team, it's pretty simple. Just be doing the things that we've been doing right through the series and do it well. Whether it's batting in partnerships, getting those partnerships together.

"Just playing against India, you don't get the opportunity a lot to be in a position of strength where we can beat them 3-0. Consistency is something we want to have as much as possible. Leading into the Australia series we want to go into it with that momentum we have been gathering over the last two games. Australia have been playing some really good cricket so by no means is anyone in the team thinking this is an opportunity to take our foot off the gas. We are really motivated to get a 3-0 win."  

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