South African star batter Faf Du Plessis sets his target to win the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and score the highest runs in the tournament.
Du Plessis is recruited by two-time champions Comilla Victorians and is playing his first BPL. He will take the field for the first time in BPL on Saturday when his side will take on Sylhet Sunrisers at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Plessis said he would leave no stone unturned to contribute the side in winning trophy and for this, he is ready to play any role. At the same time as batter, he wants to stamp his authority as a leading run-scorer in the tournament.
"You want to go to franchises that are successful. Winning trophies is a big part of why we play the sport. I have experience that I can share with some of the guys here from a batting and captaincy point of view. Play a role in assisting there as much as I can," Plessis said.
"The first goal will be to win the tournament. The second goal is to contribute in every game as a batter. Towards the end of the competition, be up there with the leading run-scorers," the South African star added.
Du Plessis however has no regret to retire from the cricket, rather he enjoyed playing the franchise cricket as there is no obligation to wake up from the sleeping early in the morning for a Test match.
"It is nice to play T20s. You don't have to wake up at seven o clock in the morning to play a Test match. The other day though, we had to leave the hotel at seven o clock to practice. I said to the guys, 'I retired not to do this anymore, and now you are taking me to practice early in the morning'. T20 is great, you play a lot of games. Tournaments are short. Four weeks, in and out. You get to do what you love," he concluded.
Du Plessis played 266 T20 matches so far and scored 6845 runs at a strike rate of 129.46. He has two centuries and 44 half-centuries under his belt. In T20 International, he played 50 matches for South Africa and scored 1528 runs at a strike rate of 134.38. He also scored one century and 110 half centuries, which is the testament how consistent he is as a T20 batter.
Du Plessis has been the regular opener for Chennai Super Kings in IPL for the last several years and contributed the side in winning two IPL trophies in last four years.