Faf du Plessis announced as the new skipper of RCB ahead of IPL 2022

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have appointed former South African captain Faf du Plessis as their new skipper ahead of the new season. Faf du Plessis will replace Virat Kohli, who stepped down as RCB’s skipper last year, at the helm of the leadership. 

RCB Captain IPL 2022: RCB announce Faf du Plessis as NEW CAPTAIN, Follow live updates

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Faf du Plessis was roped in by RCB in the mega auction for 7 crores. Faf and Glenn Maxwell were the two front runners for Kohli’s vacancy. The RCB management led by Mike Hesson picked Faf du Plessis who has immense captaincy experience under his belt.

Former skipper Virat Kohli sent a special message for the new skipper Faf after the news broke. In the pre-recorded message, Kohli said he is looking forward to playing under him.

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RCB legend AB de Villiers also wished Faf after he became the captain. ‘I am so happy for Faf Du Plessis, there was no doubt for me who was the captain when they picked Faf Du Plessis the auction,’ ABD commented in a video message.

Faf du Plessis is set to become the 7th player to captain RCB 

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RCB Captain IPL 2022: Faf du Plessis announced as the NEW CAPTAIN of Royal Challengers Bangalore, new jersey also unveiled - Follow Live Updates

Meanwhile, Faf has joined the likes of Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson, and Virat Kohli as the players who have led RCB in IPL. Like all other captains, Faf would also be chasing RCB’s first IPL title.

Du Plessis was handed over the cap by team’s chairman Prathmesh Mishra and director cricket operations Mike Hesson in a virtual event they called “RCB UNBOX”.

 

“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity. I have played a lot of IPL and understand the dynamics of the game. It’s no small thing to trust an overseas player,” Du Plessis, who gave up South African captaincy across all formats in 2020, said.

 

“I would rely heavily on the amazing experience of domestic players. We have got the great leader of the game in Virat Kohli,” Du Plessis said.

The 37-year-old Du Plessis has so far played 100 games in IPL, scoring 2935 runs at a strike rate of 131-plus. He scored 633 runs for CSK in last year’s IPL-winning campaign.

Highlights:

• RCB name Faf du Plessis as their new skipper in the IPL.

• Kohli and AB de Villiers congratulate Faf on his appointment as the skipper.

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