South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis agreed to the huge impact that the Indian Premier League has on the lives of international cricketers including Faf, himself. Du Plessis said on Tuesday that he was surely a bit distracted by the upcoming 2018 IPL player auctions taking place on the weekend, as the cash-rich T20 event “plays a big part in their lives”.
The grand player auction of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) will take place on 27 and 28 January, and will clash with the the last two days of the third Test of the three-Test series between India-South Africa.
And although the South African skipper admitted that the IPL event will act as a distraction, he said that as long as the Proteas will be on the ground, their focus would be nowhere else but the match. As reported by the Indian Express, Du Plessis said ahead of the third Test match at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Tuesday (23 January),
“Well we don’t have our phones, so it’s difficult to check (the auction). There will be distractions, and that is normal, it’s human. The IPL plays a big part in all of our lives.”
“For the management and myself, it’s important to make sure we keep the focus and the energy driving towards the Test match. And at the end of the day’s play, if we want to talk about the auction a little bit, we can do that but to make sure that the next day, when it’s Test match time again, we are switched on and focused.”
Some of the South African players who have been troubling the Indian team in South Africa, will be up for grabs at the Indian Premier League player auction too. These players include – Faf Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Dean Elgar and Vernon Philander, etc.