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New Delhi: South African skipper Faf du Plessis has introduced something new and unique to the cricketing world by employing cricket’s first ‘specialist coin tosser’ by sending in JP Duminy for the toss. This could be termed as superstition, however, Faf said that the was just having fun, especially when it was a T20 game.Du Plessis had last won a coin toss against South Africa in a Test match against Australia in March and since then he has not got a single opportunity to decide what his team would be doing first.The span since which du Plessis has not won a toss stretches to two Tests and three ODIs, where he called it wrong every time.During the time, when du Plessis was out of the side, JP Duminy had lead the team and won the toss in a one-off T20 against Sri Lanka and two ODIs against Zimbabwe.ALSO READ: Hit by #MeToo storm, BCCI CEO Johri forced to skip ICC meetingHence, du Plessis decided to send Duminy for the coin toss against Zimbabwe in the T20 match, even when the all-rounder was not selected in the playing XI.”They say the strength of a captain is to know his weaknesses, so I brought in JP Duminy as a specialist coin tosser,” du Plessis said after opting to bat in a match his side won comfortably. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “I love what I do, important to have some fun along the way as well, especially in t20 cricket!! Might have started something here…,” du Plessis wrote later on social media.Record: du Plessis has won 39 tosses till now in his career, including the one he roped Duminy for, and lost 40.