Ex-skipper of South Africa, Faf du Plessis, believes that Pakistan are the favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2021 but he hopes New Zealand can win the mega event as the Black Caps have recently come close to winning an ICC trophy but have been eluded by it.
“Pakistan are the favourites to win it but I hope New Zealand can go all the way. They [New Zealand] have come so close to bagging an ICC trophy in recent years so I do hope they can win it,” Du Plessis told a local channel.
Du Plessis also talked about South Africa’s performance in the T20 World Cup and said that winning four out of five games in such a big tournament is an outstanding achievement and the Proteas should be proud of themselves.
“Winning four out of five games is a big achievement the team should feel proud of their efforts. The bowling unit was exceptional and it won’t be wrong to say that it was one of the best attacks of the tournament,” said du Plessis.
South Africa could not qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup based on Net Run Rate (NRR) as Australia had a better NRR than the Proteas.
He also shed light on not being selected for the T20 World Cup despite having an exceptional IPL season.
“It is not my decision to make but I had an idea that I am not in consideration for the T20 World Cup. I expected it when I wasn’t selected for the Sri Lankan tour. I expected that I wasn’t going to go to the World Cup, even though my performances in the IPL were exceptional,” he concluded.