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Faf du Plessis
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Faf du Plessis

South Africa|Middle order batter
Faf du Plessis

INTL CAREER: 2011 - 2021

Full Name

Francois du Plessis

Born

July 13, 1984, Pretoria

Age

37y 74d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Middle order batter

Height

5ft 11in

Education

Affies Boys School, Pretoria

relations

(brother-in-law)

TEAMS

Classy, composed and a fine crafter of innings', Faf du Plessis emerged as one of South Africa's most consistent batsmen in the post-Jacques Kallis era. Du Plessis is strong on the front foot, has impeccable defences and enjoys spending time at the crease. A natural leader, du Plessis was put in charge of the T20 side in February 2013 and formed part of the senior core in other formats.

All that may have been lost when, in 2007, du Plessis signed a Kolpak deal with Lancashire. Unlike his high-school contemporary, AB de Villiers, du Plessis did not manage to fast-track himself into the international spotlight and looked abroad for other opportunities. Apart from learning the rigours of the county system, du Plessis made a name for his fielding.

He returned to South Africa to play domestic cricket every summer and topped the MTN40 run charts in the 2010-11 season. His Kolpak deal had expired by then and he was selected in South Africa's one-day squad for the home series against India in January 2011. A half-century on debut sealed his spot for the World Cup that followed. At that point, du Plessis was known as an aggressive ball-striker and quick run-scorer.

He was part of the South Africa Test squad that took the Test mace off England in mid-2012, but did not play a game, instead getting a T20 debut on that tour. He got his Test chance on South Africa's tour to Australia later that year and followed his first-innings 78 in the second Test in Adelaide with a stonewalling effort for the ages in the second innings. Du Plessis spent more than seven-and-a-half hours at the crease, faced 376 balls and remained unbeaten on 110 to take South Africa to an unlikely draw, which set them up for a series win in Perth.

His curve continued upwards when in December that year, du Plessis was given the T20 captaincy in a series against New Zealand, despite only having played four T20Is prior to that. He was then given the role permanently the following February. Du Plessis had established himself as a complete batsmen, who had the ability to shift gears and anchor an innings, and played a similar knock against India in December 2013. His 134 in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test took South Africa within eight runs of completing the highest successful Test chase, 458, and in the end secured a draw. When Kallis retired after the next match, du Plessis was an automatic choice for promotion to No.3.

It took du Plessis a little longer to repeat those feats in limited-overs. In his 51st ODI, he finally scored his first century in the format, against Australia in a triangular series in Harare in August 2014, but then the floodgates opened. Two more hundreds came in that series, which South Africa won.

Du Plessis took good form into the 2015 World Cup, after becoming the second South African to score a T20I century after Richard Levi, in February that year. He was among those left devastated by South Africa's semi-final loss.

While du Plessis continued to rack up runs in ODIs, he was criticised for occasionally scoring too slowly. He started to struggle in the longest format and after managing just one fifty in 12 innings in the 2015-16 season, he was dropped for the final Test against England in January 2016.

Du Plessis led South Africa in two World T20 campaigns, in 2014 and 2016, and despite them returning empty-handed from both, he confirmed his desire to keep the captaincy.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test6911814416319940.02898646.32102151621630
ODI14313620550718547.47621588.60123549566810
T20I50507152811935.531137134.3811014050240
FC15025026879819939.2718521410
List A26224442948318546.941059989.4721571470
T20259242286563120*30.665078129.242425752051350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test69578690---5.30-000
ODI1431119218921/81/894.505.9096.00000
T20I502830---2.25-000
FC15025581477414/3936.023.4662.30300
List A26222382030544/474/4737.595.4441.40100
T2025952790917505/195/1918.346.9615.80120
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Faf du Plessis brings out the innovations
Faf du Plessis made 84 off 54
Faf du Plessis scythes one away
Roston Chase and Faf du Plessis led St Lucia Kings' charge
Faf du Plessis brought up the first hundred of CPL 2021
Faf du Plessis slashes through the off side