The former Proteas skipper scored a sensational 113 off just 58 balls as he steered the Super Kings to an eight-wicket victory over the Durban Super Giants at Wanderers on Tuesday evening.
The maiden #Betway #SA20 CENTURY has been an absolute delight to witness! Faf du Plessis is a man for the big moments 🔥#JSKvDSG | @Betway_India pic.twitter.com/QcZAAYOLU6— Betway SA20 (@SA20_League) January 24, 2023
Despite his incredible display, batting coach Albie Morkel addressed the media after the match and gave glowing praise for the 38-year-old.
"Look, Faf is still... He works harder on his game probably than he worked on it when he was younger. We as a batting unit, we've had a few tough games before this, so we've really put a lot of emphasis on some of the senior guys trying to bat through," said Morkel.
"And tonight it clicked for him, I think that was one of the best knocks I've seen in T20 cricket – just the way they started, very slow the first couple of overs, getting used to the pace of the wicket, and then really took their [Super Giants'] attack apart. So, all in all, a fantastic knock by Faf."
The Super Kings are fourth on the SA20 log with four wins from seven matches, but their slow batting has often let them down in their three defeats and Morkel admits form has been an issue in the camp.
"Look, it's pretty simple. There are a few guys struggling for form and, as you know in this format, if you struggle for form, you're going to get exposed, there's no place to hide," he added.
"You could see it in our dismissals in the first few games, it's really guys that [go] searching for the ball and we couldn't get partnerships going.
"So, hopefully this break comes at a good time now, some of those guys are going to play for South Africa and hopefully they can have a few nice knocks there and find form for when we join up again at the end of the month."