Faf du Plessis is a South African cricketer who has found himself involved in various ball tampering controversies over the years and still has managed to have a good name in the cricketing world, based on his successful span as a captain and as a batsman.
Francois Faf du Plessis was born on 13 July 1984 at Pretoria in South Africa. He is a right-handed batsman and a right arm leg break bowler. He plays in the middle order and his major role in his team is that of a middle order batsman.
Along the Years
Started playing for Lancashire in the English County Cricket
Made ODI debut
Made Test and T20I debut
Found guilty of ball tampering
Became the captain of the South African team in all formats
Made his highest individual score of 185
The Proteas player holds various international records such as:
He is the second batsman to have scored a century as a captain in all the three formats of the game. Also, he is the first South African to score centuries in the three formats of the game.
Faf du Plessis holds the record for the second highest individual score by a South African cricketer with 185 runs.
Faf du Plessis also holds the record for playing the most innings before scoring a duck in international cricket (108).
Faf du Plessis holds an unbeatable record of scoring the first century in a Day/Night Test match.
Faf du Plessis is also the captain to declare innings at the lowest ever total of 259/9.
Awards and Accolades
Faf du Plessis was named the South Africa Player of the Year in 2019 in the Men's category. He was also named as the Annual Player of the Year for South Africa in 2011.
Faf du Plessis has been a consistent performer for the South African cricket team over the years and has had a decorated career with multiple records as a captain and as a batsman.
In the domestic cricket, Faf du Plessis plays for the Northerns and has scored 8385 runs in 142 First Class Matches. He has scored 17 centuries and 52 half centuries in First Class cricket and 21 centuries in List A cricket.
Faf du Plessis made his Test debut on 22 November 2012 against Australia cricket team at Adelaide. He scored 78 runs and 110 runs respectively in the two innings. However, the match ended in a draw.
As of now, du Plessis has scored 3750 runs at an average of above 41 with 9 centuries which makes him one of the most reliable batsman of South Africa in Tests. He is an agile fielder and has taken 56 catches in 61 matches.
Faf du Plessis made his One Day International debut at Cape Town against India on 18 January 2011 and scored 60 runs. In 143 matches, he has scored 5507 runs at an average of above 47 and has 12 centuries and 35 half centuries to his name.
Faf du Plessis played his maiden T20I against England on 8 September 2012 and rose to the position of the Proteas skipper. He has a strike rate of 135.48 and has scored 1363 runs in 44 matches.
Faf du Plessis started playing county cricket in 2008, for Lancashire. However, he had to end his contract in 2010 due to a change in the rules which had made him ineligible. He started his IPL career in 2011 for Chennai Super Kings and in the 2012 season, he had scored 398 runs.
In the Mzansi Super League 2018, he was the leading scorer for Paarl Rocks with 318 runs in 9 matches. He has also been a part of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, although it was a not so successful span.
Faf du Plessis took over the captaincy after the retirement of AB de Villiers and has led the team in 32 Test matches. With 17 victories in Tests, he has a success rate of more than 50 percent. He played only 3 drawn matches and believes in a result oriented match instead of high scoring ones.
In the ODIs, Faf du Plessis has captained the team in 39 matches and has won 28 of them. Whereas in the T20Is, Faf du Plessis has won 23 out of 37 matches. He is one of the best captains of South Africa after AB de Villiers and has a reliable performance.
Faf du Plessis is the son of the South African rugby player Francois du Plessis and is a cousin of the Namibian Rugby star Marcel du Plessis. Faf du Plessis is married to Imari Visser and has a daughter. His sister is married to the South African cricketer Hardus Viljoen.