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IPL 2022 - Faf du Plessis appointed as new captain of RCB

Faf du Plessis will take over the RCB captaincy duties from Virat Kohli, who stepped down from the position after IPL 2021

Posted Date: Mar 14, 2022

Posted By: Joy

IPL 2022 - Faf du Plessis appointed as new captain of RCB
IPL 2022 - Faf du Plessis appointed as new captain of RCB

After days of speculation, Royal Challengers Bangalore has finally revealed Faf du Plessis as the face of their new captain, who will lead the team from IPL 2022. Faf will take over the leadership duties from Virat Kohli who announced last year that he will step down from the captaincy after IPL 2021 season.

Other than du Plessis, retained all rounder Glenn Maxwell and newly signed wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik were among the others who were speculated to lead the team.

Faf du Plessis Statement

On his appointment as the new RCB skipper, Faf said, “Coming in as an outsider, I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity. It's no small thing to trust an outsider, an overseas player to do the job as a leader. My style in doing that is not going to be 'my way'. I will rely heavily on amazing experience of our domestic and international players.”

RCB’s Fight for du Plessis at the IPL Auction

Faf du Plessis has represented Chennai Super Kings from 2011-15 then from 2018-21. In 2016-17, he represented Rising Pune Supergiants. In the IPL mega auction 2022, CSK were interested to get Faf back to their side and Delhi Capitals also displayed their interest in him. In the end RCB had to shell out INR 7 crore to finally sign Faf to their side.

du Plessis’s first IPL captaincy

This is the first time Faf du Plessis has been given the captaincy duties in the IPL, after being a part of the league since 2011, although he made his IPL debut at the pitch in 2012.

Apart from IPL, Faf has captained in 79 T20 matches out of which he won 43 matches and lost 34 with 1 tie and 1 ending in no result. He has a win percentage of 55.76% in the format.

Faf du Plessis IPL Stats

Faf du Plessis has scored 2935 runs so far in 100 IPL matches, at an average of 34.94. His best performance came in the IPL 2021 edition where he smashed 633 runs in 16 matches and produced some match winning innings along with Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Faf has retired from International Cricket, therefore, he is free from any national team duties. He will be part of the IPL throughout the season, while few South African players might be able to miss a few matches to play the series against Bangladesh.

Support from former captain Virat Kohli

Supporting the team management’s decision, former skipper Virat Kohli said, “I can't be happier for the team and Faf. He is a good friend and we get along very well. Looking forward to a good season.”

RCB will kick off their IPL 2022 season on March 27th against Punjab Kings at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai.