De Villiers stands out for underperformance in Champs Trophy

Surprising losses in their last outings meant the heavyweight matchup at The Oval wouldn't decide first and second in Group B, as predicted before the tournament, but instead decide who of defending champion India or top-ranked South Africa was going home early.

Leading South Africa comes with political interference from above, especially in team selection, which has transformation quotas on race to satisfy. "That sort of mindset is really helping all of us to come together as a unit and make things happen". "Through soft dismissals we lost our way, and that was the part for me that hurt the most".

What I would have liked to have seen from the guys at the top of the order is, at least, an attempt to put Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar under pressure.

Virat Kohli says India's Champions Trophy demolition of South Africa was fuelled by his refusal to spare his players from criticism.

"You can't do the same mistakes over and over again". "That's my fault. Obviously he (de Villiers) is a big player for us and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game".

The positivity to our play and the energy that we've come to expect from this group of players just hasn't been there.

Whereas I've grown so used to the free flowing, often powerful starts to our batting, today was slightly timid and that led to a position where you could nearly see a panic creep in to our play. "That's what I believe in", he said. Those 6 balls decided South Africa's fate in the ongoing tournament, as they crashed out of the Champions Trophy.

Du Plessis has enjoyed the Midas touch when he has led the one-day side as well, his nine matches in charge leading to eight wins and one one-day defeat including five successive victories against the Aussies. From 140-2 in the 29th over, South Africa went an ugly 51-8 the rest of the way.

However, the 33-year-old insists he is still the right man to prepare the side for the 2019 World Cup.

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