South African cricketer and his wife received death threats

South African cricketer and his wife received death threats

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that he and his wife received death threats after a mix-up with AB de Villiers led to the latter’s run out during their 2011 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to New Zealand.

Played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, South Africa lost the match by 49 runs to be knocked out of the tournament, which was won by co-hosts India.

“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 by ESPNcricinfo.

“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 added.

Led by Daniel Vettori, New Zealand had batted first and posted 221 for 8 in 50 overs. In reply, the Proteas were bowled out for 172 with Du Plessis, playing in only his 10th ODI, making 36.