Ravichandran Ashwin

Clearly, Ravichandran Ashwin thought the premise of his question was rock solid. Faf du Plessis, just as clearly, thought his answer was a no-brainer.

Many among the cricket minded would have concurred with them. But not in South Africa, where what Du Plessis said could hit the headlines in ways neither he nor Ashwin doubtless would have intended.

The India off-spinner interviewed Du Plessis for his YouTube show, DRS with Ashwin.

After a discussion about the impact the slew of retirements and Kolpak defections South Africa have suffered in recent years have had on their depth of talent, Ashwin said, “Mark Boucher has come back, and he was one of those guys who was very instrumental in South Africa’s earlier resurgence. And now he is there, meaning business all over again. How difficult is it going to be for the likes of Mark and, let’s say, Jacques to try and retain players to give South African cricket a boost so they can overcome this?”


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