Van der Dussen had a stellar individual World Cup campaign despite being hampered by an under-performing team. He always seemed to be composed mentally while others were losing their heads, and he even had the support of incumbent national captain Faf du Plessis as a potential heir apparent.
Coupled with these factors was the appointment of interim Proteas team director Enoch Nkwe. Van der Dussen and Nkwe share a healthy working relationship after both played pivotal roles in the Highveld Lions and Jozi Stars’ success-filled season last year.
However, the brains trust at Cricket South Africa preferred Quinton de Kock for the skipper’s role in Du Plessis’s absence and he is now seemingly being groomed for longer term duties too.
It would be understandable if Van der Dussen was disappointed with the way events have unfolded, but the 30-year-old is not showing any of it and is fully behind De Kock as the Proteas look to replicate their success here in the T20I series four years ago.