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IPL 2021: Faf du Plessis has exceeded expectations, says Gautam Gambhir

Written by Vishwas Gupta

hennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis’ batting in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) surprised Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener said that he never rated South African as a dangerous T20 batsman.

“Honestly, if you ask me, yes, he has exceeded expectations,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.

“I never thought he was that dangerous a T20 batter. Yes, he had got runs for CSK, but he’s never had the impact someone like Shane Watson had.

“He will score those 50 off 40 balls but he cannot hurt the opposition bowlers. He’s not going to be an all-out match-winner. If Shane Watson gets runs, he’ll get a 100 off 60 balls. So yeah, Faf has definitely exceeded all the expectations, not only of myself but of a lot of other people as well,” said Gambhir.

Faf du Plessis has scored 546 runs in the IPL 2021 in 14 matches at an average of 45.50 and with a healthy strike rate of 137.53.

Gambhir also said that Faf’s good form in the Caribbean Premier League has helped him excel in the IPL 2021.

“He was in good form even in the CPL. Those who are coming into the play after playing in some league have better chances to do well as IPL is a high-quality tournament. Runs under your belt is always important,” said Gambhir.

“There is no alternative to experience. With experience, Faf knows, when you are in good form, you have to make the most of it. Once you lose it becomes very difficult to find. Look what is happening to Eoin Morgan,” he added.

MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier in Dubai on Sunday.

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