'My wife and I received death threats' - Faf du Plessis remembers 2011 World Cup knockout loss
Cricket is a gentleman's game. The fans always expect the players to play in the right spirit. On the contrary, a certain section of supporters does not take the game lightly as they tend to target cricketers and their families on social media platforms. This is not good by any means and it is also not good for the sport.
This occurs when a cricketer fails to perform badly or when the team fails to win a game. In this scenario, some supporters vent their frustration on social media by taking a dig at the underperformed cricketers. In some exceptional cases, some fans take the extreme step by giving threats to the cricketers and their families.
Recently, former South African captain Faf du Plessis had recalled an incident when he and his wife by the name of Imari Visser encountered a dreadful experience right after the 2011 World Cup exit. The couple faced severe criticism by certain users on social media. The incident happened after South Africa lost to New Zealand by 49 runs.
Faf du Plessis and his wife were greeted with death threats after 2011 World Cup exit
During the quarter-final clash, New Zealand set up a target of 222 for the Proteas. In reply, Graeme Smith and his teammates were skittled out for a paltry 172 with 40 deliveries short of their allotted quota of 50 overs. The match took place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka when the former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis chipped in with 36 runs off 43 balls while batting at No.6.
However, his knock was to no avail as South Africa lost once more knockout game in a global event. Recalling the incident, Du Plessis told how after the exit, he and his wife received death threats which forced them to keep their circles very small.
“I received death threats after that [match]. My wife received death threats. We turned on social media and we were blown away. It became very personal. There were some very offensive things said that I won’t repeat,” du Plessis was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo’s Cricket Monthly.
“It makes you introverted towards people and you put a shield up. All players go through this and it forces us to keep our circles very small. It’s why I’ve worked so hard on creating a safe space within our camp,” he stated.