My story is about failure: Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on his new book ‘Faf: Through Fire’
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said that his book is not about cricket, but about insecurities, failures and readership. The RCB captain has said that people are going to relate to his book.
Faf du Plessis has revealed about his insecurities in his new book. (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes that he has written a book about human attributes of leadership, struggle and failure and not about cricket.
Speaking to the BBC about his recently launched autobiography Faf: Through Fire, the batter has said that his book is about failure.
“My story is about failure,” Du Plessis told the BBC in a chat about his new book.
“I didn’t want to write a cricket book. I wouldn’t have started if that was the aim,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain added.
Faf, a strong character in South Africa and world cricket has been in the middle of the spotlight for his lion-heart mentality, one that was in full show against Australia in 2018. A towel-clad Faf, walked out of the shower to take on Australian players who were abusing the South African stars. Faf’s arrival cooled the situation down.
“I wanted to write a book about leadership, about relationships, about struggle. That’s what this is about. I wanted to create something that people would be able to relate to,” the player said.
Faf du Plessis retired from the longest format of the game to focus on white-ball cricket, but he has not been called up by the Proteas during their transition period. Faf neither played the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup nor the 2022 edition, but found decent runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League.
“They might see me as an elite athlete and cricket captain, but I was a person who was filled with self-doubt and insecurity. And that’s OK” Faf writes in his book.
“I wanted to give people things they could then say, ‘I know what that feels like’. I hope this connects with people even if they aren’t cricket fans,” he told BBC in the interview.