The news that the champion batsman had made himself available for the World Cup squad on the eve of the squad announcement arrived with such bad timing - on the morning after South Africa's defeat to India - that one could forgive Du Plessis for being extremely angry with his childhood friend for creating another media storm around an already embattled team and another distraction for the players.
South Africa took on West Indies in Southampton, but it was rain that prevailed, with the match being abandoned at 4:15 pm, almost six hours after rain had first arrived.
Given the grey skies that dogged Southampton all day, there's clearly no knowing how West Indies' own hard hitters would have fared when faced with an attack led once again by Kagiso Rabada and beefed up by the inclusion of the left-arm seamer, Beuran Hendricks - Dale Steyn's newly acclimatised replacement.
South Africa have also made two changes to their playing XI that featured against India - Aiden Markram and Beuran Hendricks come in for JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi. "So as it got a bit later in the day, then you'd rather get the point and go".
"If we do that, and the results start one by one happening, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages".
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"Hash is a class player", said du Plessis.
Earlier, West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell reduced Faf du Plessis's team to 29 for two before rain stopped play.
"It was a good opportunity to play against them, like any other team in the competition", Reifer said. We didn't play our best cricket so far.
"It is too far away", du Plessis said. We need individuals to stand up and step up to lift the team's morale.
They may, perhaps, take some heart from history: Pakistan's cup-winning campaign in 1992 started in similarly disastrous circumstances, with three losses and a no-result in their first five games. "But it's obviously really out of our control".