Faf du Plessis was in excellent form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in which he scored 320 runs at a strike-rate of 145.45 and scored four fifties in his seven innings before the tournament was called off as many players and staff were testing positive for Covid-19.
He will now turn his attention to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, where he will turn up for Quetta Gladiators. When asked about the difference between the two T20 competitions, the former South Africa skipper suggested that he was surprised to see so many fast bowlers bowl at 140 KMPH-plus, while in the IPL there's a huge variety of spinners.
The PSL will resume on June 9 in Abu Dhabi after Covid-19 forced the postponement of the tournament in March this year.
"The standard is very good in PSL. I must say that the thing that's impressed me the most about the tournament is the fast bowlers. Coming from a country like South Africa myself where you grow up facing a lot of pace, I was surprised to see the number of guys that can bowl 140-plus in the competition. I would say that in India, there's a huge variety of spin bowlers that you face, I feel that the real gem of the PSL is the amount of pace that it has to offer," du Plessis told Cricket Pakistan.
Du Plessis says that the IPL was well run and is disappointed that Covid-19 has stopped yet another tournament. "The tournament was well run once again. Everything went smoothly, we felt safe in the bubble, no issues. Then obviously, I think, the travelling part of the IPL is where it opened the gap for Covid to come into the tournament," du Plessis said.
"Very disappointing that another tournament had to be postponed because of it. It was sad in a way. My performances were going well but also the team… Chennai Super Kings was playing some really good cricket. Very disappointing from that part," du Plessis, who has more than 6,000 T20 runs added.