South African batsman, Faf du Plessis had received a bunch of praises from the skipper AB De Villiers as the Proteas have won the fifth and the final ODI against New Zealand. They have now reclaimed their No.1 spot in ODIs.
Praising du Plessis, De Villiers said, "He's a wonderful player who has turned into a great player over the past few years."
The six-wicket win has helped the South Africans to surpass Australia in the ICC ODI team rankings as they had slipped to second positions after facing a loss in the fourth ODI against New Zealand.
With de Plessis, holding the innings together and David Miller plundering the boundaries with 45 off 35 balls, South Africa took less than 33 overs to overhaul New Zealand's 149.
Du Plessis played brilliant innings of 51 runs and scored his 26th ODI fifty. Even he ended the game with a boundary. The South African skipper also showered praise for their bowlers "for a fantastic effort" to destroy the Black Caps in 41.1 overs before du Plessis led the side home. He said, "It's very easy in those situations to go into a negative mindset and we decided to stay positive. It was a fantastic knock by Faf and David to take us across the line."
While the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said, "It was a disappointing effort with the bat. It was a shame the first half was done so poorly. It wasn't good enough. We do need to be a lot better. When you're taking on the best team in the world you do need to raise your game."
Despite the fact that the South African teams lost early wickets like New Zealand, du Plessis anchored his innings well and made some brilliant partnerships with de Villiers and David Miller of 40 and 63* respectively.
De Villiers only managed to score 23 and it was his lowest score in the and he got out only three times in the series as he maintained phenomenal average of 87.33 at the end of the series.
After winning the toss, De Villiers decided to bowl first and with the help of his premier bowlers Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada they dismantled the batting line-up of New Zealand.
Tahir has taken two wickets by giving 14 in his spell of 10 overs, while Rabada took three by conceding just 25 runs in his quota of 7.1 overs.
Both the teams will lock their horns for a three-Test series in Dunedin next Wednesday.